Sol Harris Day Architecture

The expansion to a wing of gates is the final piece of a 10-year plan to remodel and modernize the Akron-Canton Airport. With the gates originally built in 1962, CAK realized that they were too congested, lacked amenities that their customers preferred, and were not designed for modern aircraft. These improvements allowed for increased traffic, accommodating the changes in today’s aircraft size and positioning the Airport for future growth.

Project Goals

Known for its smaller size and many conveniences to travelers, Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) has become a hub for travelers in Northeast Ohio. As tourism to the region has grown, a steady increase in travelers over the years since the airport’s inception in 1946 demanded a larger, more modern facility to accommodate travelers and modern aircraft.  The terminal and gates, built in 1962 for American and Delta Airlines, were intended for small, turbo-prop planes.  Though the airport made updates throughout the years to improve the gates, it was time for a substantial transformation that would accommodate 737-800 aircraft.

The new two-level modernized concourse is filled with light and loaded with amenities to enhance the passenger experience, including improved wi-fi and power outlets galore, a business lounge, private mother's room, a bright and colorful kids play area, sensory room, and even an indoor pet relief area.

Services

  • Facility Assessments
  • Program Verification
  • Space Utilization
  • Site Selection
  • Visioning
  • Estimating/Scheduling
  • Sustainable Design
  • Branding
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • FF&E
  • Owners Rep

Building Organization

The gate expansion updated the original concourse which opened in 1962. The renovation project had three parts including drainage work and the construction of a 22,900-square-yard concrete aircraft parking apron. Next was the construction of a two-level, 41,600 sf concourse that allows for nine gates, five new and four existing that were renovated. The last part involves the demolition of the old concourse, which will allow for 7,500 square yards of aircraft parking apron.

This project positions the airport for many years of growth and prosperity while maintaining our convenient, relaxing experience for travelers.

Ren Camacho, Akron-Canton Airport President and CEO

Interior Concept

Large open spaces fill the new concourse, giving passengers plenty of room to spread out and relax as they wait for their flight. Wood tones accent the walls and furniture to warm up the spaces. Seating areas are equipped with built in charging stations throughout and free Wi-Fi access. Floor-to-ceiling windows cover the exterior walls to give passengers spectacular views of the planes arriving and departing. The new concourse includes jet bridges at every gate, keeping passengers dry and safe from the elements as they enter their plane.

Security + Phased Construction

Located on the south side of the terminal, the designs for 5 new gates and the renovation of 4 existing ones was carefully planned with a phased construction schedule. This allowed the Airport to continue full operations during construction. Being an airport project, security was at the forefront of the design and construction planning. The new gates were constructed on the land side and when in operation will be on the secure side. This reduced construction costs since there was not the added costs of workers having to pass through security to work.

Highlights

  • The project was a collaboration with Leo A. Daly, a national firm who specializes in airport design
  • Developed a new gate expansion wing to allow for increased traffic and to accommodate the changes in today’s travel and aircraft size
  • Addition of many modern amenities for travelers, typically only seen at larger airports, including a variety of comfortable, practical furniture with power access, a business lounge, mothers room, sensory room, play area, and even an indoor pet relief area
  • A phased construction schedule allowed the airport to remain fully operational
  • Worked with the Airport and FAA/TSA for approvals
  • Constructed on the land side and converted to the secure side once operational to increase efficiency and lower construction costs

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