Gresham Smith Celebrates Topping Out At Richmond International Airport
Gresham Smith celebrated the topping out of the all-new Concourse A at Richmond International Airport (RIC) on October 24. The 60,000-square-foot addition comprises six new gates, concessions space, restrooms and airlines operations space to support the region and airport’s growth. The expansion project coincides with a consistent increase in RIC’s flights and passenger traffic.
“We’ve had the pleasure of working at Richmond Airport since 1992,” said Dave King, AIA, regional vice president, Gresham Smith. “Since that time, the airport has been experiencing steady growth, with record-setting growth over the past several years. This addition will provide passengers an enhanced experience with more room and new amenities in a bright, updated space.”
The expansion’s largely brick façade features insulated metal wall panels and a curtainwall with expansive glass to allow light to enter the building as well as provide more uninterrupted views of the airfield. The design is an extension of the Gresham Smith-led architecture for the airport, with materials and color palette established through the firm’s work on the parking garages, terminal expansion and previously expanded Concourse B. The new restrooms will bring in natural light through clerestory windows. The addition includes all-new LED lighting, terrazzo floors and larger hold rooms.
Gresham Smith is leading the architecture, interior design, experiential design and wayfinding and construction administration services for the Concourse A addition. The firm is also designing the tenant space for American Airlines on the ground level of the new Concourse. W. M. Schlosser Co. Inc. is the contractor. The project is scheduled for completion summer 2020.