Albany International Airport Terminal Expansion

The Albany County Airport Authority has teamed with CHA on a transformative airport terminal expansion project that creates a gateway to the Capital Region of New York. CHA’s design is intended to create warmth and a sense of place from the moment the traveler arrives at the airport and includes expanding the TSA security check-in, queuing and repose space, upgrades to the ticketing and baggage claim, renovation and upgrades to the Business Center, and the design of an airside children’s play area and sensory room.

Upon arrival at the airport terminal, the traveler will be greeted by a light and airy canopy that draws the visitor toward the large central connector. Green space will be added, and a courtyard will be created to soften the existing masonry terminal. Digital signage and bright, visible wayfinding will guide travelers through the bright and inviting space. The queuing area will be enlarged, providing additional space for each lane. Once through the TSA checkpoint, travelers will find ample space to recompose before traversing to their gate. Special design consideration has been directed to travelers with children and those having special needs. Families with children will be able to relax while their children play and interact in a new play area. Those with sensory needs can take a moment to disconnect and relax in a new sensory room. The project is expected to be complete by spring 2025.

Project summary

20K sf.

A welcoming 20,000-square-foot connector structure leads to the terminal.

24 mos.

24 months for design and construction of the expansion.

800 sf.

An enlarged 800-square-foot queueing area provides amble space.

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David Hatton, AIA, NCARB*

David Hatton, AIA, NCARB*
Senior Vice President, Business Line Director

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David is a licensed architect with over three decades of experience in the planning, programming and design of academic, commercial, industrial, and government buildings. In addition to working on 100 college and university campuses across the country, he has led teams of designers on over $3 billion worth of construction. David is a recognized practice expert and past speaker for the Association of College Unions International and the National Association of College Auxiliary Services.