Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
Improvements to the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport terminal include replacing the existing airside concourses and updating the interior functions and material palette. The building design is a response to the site, purpose, form, and climate of the region. The dramatic sweeping architecture of the addition provides panoramic views of the vast Texas Panhandle horizon. A central public space with concessions creates an important social gathering crossroad. The airport is named after Rick Husband, a local astronaut who perished in the Columbia shuttle disaster. Interior details are inspired by modern aviation, the space program, and the area’s cattle industry. A distinguishing feature of the airport is the use of glass-walled passenger boarding bridges that are among the first in the United States.
RS&H was initially selected to conduct a comprehensive security assessment that involved an extensive analysis of the Airport’s access control system components, communication systems, functionality of the airport operations center and concept development for integrating Explosive Detection System technology into the baggage systems.
RS&H was then selected to program and design a consolidated airport operation and public safety facility. The scope of the work entailed upgrading the Airport’s access controls and closed-circuit television system, as well as designing security-related modifications at the entrance roadway and parking facility. The access controls and closed-circuit television system design included state-of-the-art access controls and a digital video management system. The design modifications to the entrance roadway and parking facility included the design of a guard booth for vehicle inspection at the entrance roadway and design of barriers and gates in the parking facility that would allow the Airport to change the parking lot configuration during times of heightened security levels.
Special Operations Centers
|Client/Owner||City of Amarillo|