Norfolk Airport Authority


Norfolk, VA




Architecture, Interior Design, Experiential Design and Wayfinding, Planning


2015 ASID/IIDA Virginia Interior Design Excellence Award

2016 National Terrazzo and Marble Association Honor Award

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Looking to extend the life of the existing terminal facility and enhance the overall passenger experience, Norfolk Airport Authority (NAA) solicited Gresham Smith to deliver on-call architectural planning and design services at Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in three separate phases. Our comprehensive improvements support ORF’s long-term passenger growth and needs while providing this gateway to southeastern Virginia with a fresh, efficient and energetic design direction.

new security screening checkpoints
square-foot skylight

The modern makeover includes updates to all public areas at ORF. One of the most dramatic features of the terminal modernization was the addition of a 10,000-square-foot skylight feature. Constructed in the departures atrium to emphasize the client’s vision of an “Airport in a Garden,” the stunning aperture provides significant natural light to support interior landscaping and seating in the central terminal space.

sitting under a large skylight at Norfolk International Airport

Additionally, our interior upgrades create an environment that invites passengers in to use the space—not merely pass around it. Furniture was selected in various shapes and sizes to accommodate a wide range of users. Some groupings were playful enough to appeal to children, while others offer comfort and privacy to working travelers.

the concourse in terminal A at Norfolk International Airport

Other upgrades include new public restrooms in concourses A and B as well as the flooring. While the hold room and atrium areas were appointed with highly camouflaging carpet tile, other sections of the atrium and circulation areas were finished with poured terrazzo in designs of varying palettes and complexities that provide a consistent rhythm. Additionally, two new passenger screening checkpoints at concourses A and B accelerate passenger processing times and accommodate the latest screening equipment.