Tour: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

As part of the AIR Alliance Architectural/Engineering joint venture team, PGAL is providing design and construction documentation services for the $1 billion capital improvement program at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The program, which includes the 14-gate New North Concourse project, is intended to address overcrowding caused by record passenger growth in recent years.

A major consideration when designing an airport is the integration of culturally relevant architecture, aesthetics, and programmatic elements. As passengers arrive, they should sense a cultural connection to the city and region. From materials, to art selection, to the framing of views to the surrounding area, the architecture should provide multiple opportunities for connecting with a region’s milieu.

The New North Concourse architecture emphasizes an open and light-filled interior that incorporates the Jeffersonian Domes, originally interpreted in the airport’s 1997 Terminal B-C architecture. The Domes reference the neoclassical-inspired architecture of the Jefferson Memorial, establishing a connection with the region’s architecture. Continuous glazing facing the Potomac River links passengers to the area’s natural features while offering views of its monument core. A food hall environment provides culinary opportunities that reflect the region’s richness and diversity. The project is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Presented by: Dennis Comiskey, Edwin Agudelo, Rebecca Hollins, and Eric Dagradi of PGAL

Organized by: PGAL and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Additional Information:
Parking: If you are driving, park in the parking garage for Terminal C. Level C2 is where the walkway is located.
Metro: Please exit towards Terminal C, we will meet in the Terminal C Walkway by the Metro Entrance.

After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the passenger experience and how cultural components are integrated into the design;
  • Explore the logistical challenges of the expansion in a facility that operates 24/7;
  • Discuss the enabling projects that were required to achieve the program requirements;
  • Identify the complexities of managing a project with multiple stakeholders: MWAA, the airlines and end users; and
  • Discuss the importance of clear wayfinding to guide a variety of end users.

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