American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Honors Two HOK-Designed Projects
The Long Beach Airport Passenger Concourse and Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) both received AIA|LA Citation Design Awards.
The AIA|LA Design Awards “recognize design excellence in some of the most exemplary built work in the country at this time.”
Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, Calif. – Citation Award
The Long Beach Airport modernization design preserves the facility’s historic terminal as an important part of the airport’s operations, with new structures appropriately scaled behind it. The landmark structure remains as the visual link between the landside and airside while serving as the main passenger circulation pathway for departing passengers.
HOK maintained as much outdoor space as possible by maximizing opportunities for exterior circulation and keeping the covered outdoor baggage claim areas. These elements all feed into a unifying central plaza that visually ties the landmark terminal to the new concourse with native gardens and rows of palm trees. Amenities to enhance the passenger experience, including an iPad bar with free wifi, were placed throughout.
Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center in Anaheim, Calif. – Citation Award
HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff designed ARTIC as an innovative new transit station that serves as a destination in itself. The project brings together transit, dining, retail and entertainment options in an iconic terminal building.
Drawing inspiration from classic grand transit halls including Grand Central Terminal in New York, along with the structural elegance of local airship hangars, the team developed a 21st-century design concept. The design achieves its signature parabolic form by employing a diagrid structural system of diamond-shaped steel arches infilled with translucent ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) pillows. At the north and south ends, freestanding curtain walls bring in daylight and offer expansive views. The long-span, grid shell structure creates a grand, light-filled atrium space that accommodates open circulation.