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Guidelines to Decentralize Curbside and Security to Alleviate Airport Congestion

Our team aims to architecturally and financially model new ways to relieve airport congestion through the expansion of the curbside, while also allowing for new programs to monetize the landside and the airside. Our team intends to develop architectural solutions for modifying airport parking garages, providing ride share lobbies and amenities, re-programming parking garages and surface lots for alternative uses, and extending security in the future toward the landside to allow for new airport concession and lounge spaces.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

With many US airports either land-locked or with excess land, our team hopes to help airport authorities identify highest and best use for under-utilized land and infrastructure. We aim to show different size airport authorities how they can unlock value and generate additional revenue at their airport, with new architectural and urban planning interventions.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Our research will both find new ways for our airports to extend their landside programs to relieve congestion at the curbside, security, and concessions, but also grow their revenue and improve the overall passenger experience. With the help of our team members in the consulting practice area, we seek to financially model these proposed interventions to provide ROI analysis and validate the different concepts at various scales of airports. Our goal is to develop a guidelines book with a series of templates or interventions that can be utilized by airport professionals.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Through the exploration of case studies around the globe, as well as potential interventions at current US airports, our team looks forward to developing a variety of potential solutions to improve the passenger experience both landside and airside.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

Our team aims to leverage our architectural, structural engineering, traffic management, and urban planning backgrounds to develop various potential solutions that we can price with our contractor partners. Our costs primarily revolve around the time it will take to develop the various potential solutions and ideas for airports of small and large scale, in an effort to build a kit of parts for airport authorities to reference in their future planning efforts. Our costs will also involve travel for meetings with various airport authorities around the country, in order to host workshops to develop and validate our ideas and interventions.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

Our team has noticed that many airports do not have the resources to test ideas for expanding curbside, security, and land-side passenger transportation centers at land-locked airports, so our team sees an opportunity to provide ACRP and airport authorities with a tool kit for what could be implemented at different sized airports, all with unique constraints and challenges.

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