Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Concourse Addition and Renovation
Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) needed to expand Concourses A and B to meet the need of expanding airlines and gates, as well as food service, retail and concessions. Additions and renovations were needed to transform the smaller facility into a more modern, spacious and “West Michigan” place for air passengers. Though the scope of the project was modest in nature, the design team realized, through discussions with the client, that this was an opportunity and a fi rst step to re-envision the entire interior environment of the terminal. Sense-of-place workshops where conducted with GFIA to develop an overall look and feel to the design that would best refl ect GFIA as the gateway to West Michigan. The results of these meetings helped guide the design team in establishing an architectural vernacular, material pallet, complex terrazzo designs, and custom art wall graphics for gate hold areas that are uniquely West Michigan, while meeting the programmatic needs of the project. Concourse A features new retail space and additional gate hold seating areas. Concourse B received a two- story addition with the lower-level containing space for a future international gate. The second level also features two additional gates, new restaurants, retail space, and a set of restrooms detailed to rival the best in class typically, seen only in the hospitality industry.