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Selection and Application of Building Materials for Passenger Terminals

To create a comprehensive resource for architects, interior designers, engineers and airport operators to help them in selection of these materials for new construction or renovation of existing facilities. The guidebook should also provide guidance to airport operators and designers on how to evaluate life cycle cost implications of selecting different building materials.

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

It is said that an airport is the first and last impression of the geographical location it is situated in. It often reflects a unique sense of local flavor in its design and finishes. Terminal buildings have long life spans, often 50 years or more. All this requires a careful selection and application of building materials, for construction and finishes. 3-6 Selection criteria for building materials and its application at airports continues to change over time. Whereas ease of constriction and longer spanning capacity are the primary criteria for selecting construction materials; finishes are chosen based on durability, maintenance and ease of replacement. Today, sustainability and life cycle cost analysis play a major role in selection. Choice of building materials can play a major role in terminal's visual appeal and impact, life span of building and its adaptability for future.

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

To create a comprehensive resource for architects, interior designers, engineers and airport operators to help them in selection of these materials for new construction or renovation of existing facilities. The guidebook should also provide guidance to airport operators and designers on how to evaluate life cycle cost implications of selecting different building materials.

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