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Design for a changing world. Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is an architecture, interior design, and planning firm with a thoughtful design vision and a dynamic national imprint. Since 1931, SCB has made a lasting visual impact on skylines, campuses, and neighborhoods nationwide. From offices in Chicago and San Francisco, we offer our expertise to clients across the country, helping them achieve their goals, serve their constituents, and create unique built environments. Our approach is to ask questions, listen, and develop the best design solution for each individual project. We are future-oriented, continually challenging ourselves to design to a higher standard, innovate at every level, and give our clients more as we achieve design excellence.


Aviation Overview SCB has an extensive resume of airport projects, each of which addresses the realities facing today’s aviation industry and the challenges of future air travel operations. Our work extends from the United Airlines flagship terminal at O’Hare to the diminutive Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus Ohio; from the creation of elegant new interiors for international first class lounges to large scale, highly technological sortation facilities for express cargo. This experience on a wide variety of aviation projects has allowed us to establish relationships with the top consultants throughout a variety of disciplines across the full spectrum of aviation design. Regardless of the scale or type of facility, SCB can meet the challenges at hand and provide our clients with thoughtful and efficient design solutions that are welcoming, flexible environments sensitive to travelers’ needs. Approach The design of an airport can establish lasting impressions of a city and its people. While the functional criteria driving the planning and design of airport facilities invariably focuses on the clarity of circulation for the passengers and their baggage, the successful execution of the functional design parameters is but the first step in creating the positive user experience. It is no longer adequate to merely create efficient passenger processing facilities. To be truly successful, today’s airport needs to further enhance the travel experience by providing a relaxed check-in and security environment, an appealing variety of dining and shopping choices and a calming boarding lounge atmosphere. In this respect, the successful airport of today blurs the lines between the travel and the hospitality industries and makes each user feel welcome. Ultimately, the goal is to not only meet the demanding functional and technical requirements of aviation design, but to transcend them, creating a sense of both place and passage, and thereby creating a portal between a community and the world at large.


O’Hare-United Terminal 1 Expansion The South Addition to the United Airlines Terminal 1 Complex was developed in response to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) need to incorporate an additional security checkpoint at the south end of the ticketing pavilion and improve passenger circulation. The 16,000-square-foot addition features a new security hall with security checkpoints and expanded queuing space to improve service for United Airlines passengers. The addition features column-free, flexible space, which readily accommodates the security equipment, queuing space, and search areas necessary to meet United Airlines’ long-term needs. The design of this element also extends the architectural themes of the original building: the celebration of the structural system seen in the exposed bundled steel pipe columns and steel roof frame; the ribbons of skylights that extend at right angles from the vaulted concourse structure and suffuse the space below with natural light; and the floor to ceiling glass wall. Location

Chicago, IL O’Hare International Airport

Size

16,000 SF


O’Hare-United Terminal 1 Ticketing Renovation As part of United Airlines’ “Project Quality”, SCB reconfigured the Check-In Lobby and Security Screening Checkpoint at United’s flagship Terminal 1 at O’Hare International Airport. The overall project goal was to integrate new technologies into the airport travel experience to enhance the customer experience while gaining efficiencies in the airline operational aspects of passenger and baggage processing. To take advantage of the customer service benefits made possible by the broader utilization of mobile devices by the traveling public, the Check-In process is reconceived. Traditional check-in counters are replaced by a combination of self-service kiosks incorporating electronic bag-tag printers and new baggage check stations. Location

Chicago, IL O’Hare International Airport

Size

50,000 SF


Rickenbacker International Airport SCB provided master planning and terminal design services for the new International Facilities Complex at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. The master plan called for a complex consisting of a passenger processing facility, corporate aviation facility, and hotel/office/training center facility. These three components are linked by vehicular and pedestrian circulation networks and largescale landscaped elements. SCB worked closely with the client to create a plan that accommodates both airside and landside expansion, and allows for the uninterrupted operation of the existing facilities. As a result of the master plan, SCB provided full architectural design services for the Phase1 Terminal Building, which is composed of a passenger processing facility with two gates and is expandable to seven gates in Phase 2. The new passenger processing facility handles both domestic and international charter flights. The facility also includes Federal Inspectional Services that can process 200 passengers per hour in Phase 1, and is expandable to 800 passengers per hour in Phase 2. The Federal Inspectional Services facility utilizes exposed structural elements to achieve the client’s goals of a progressive development within tight budget constraints. The plan developed accommodates the current and future needs of the airport, the configuration of taxiways, aircraft parking positions, landside service, and location of general aviation.

Location

Columbus, OH

Size

43,000 SF


O’Hare Terminal 2 Concourse E/F Upgrade The City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation tasked SCB with the design for the Upgrade of the E & F Concourses at Terminal 2, O’Hare International Airport. The City’s goals included increased hold room capacity, increased concessions capacity, replacement of existing mechanical equipment with new energy efficient systems, phasing and construction designed to mitigate disruption to airline operations, effective allocation of Boarding Level space, enhanced passenger experience, and sustainability. When United Airlines decided to eliminate ground boarding of their regional jets at O’Hare, they enlisted SCB to develop and implement a scheme to add seven new passenger boarding bridges at the end of Concourse F. The project includes extensive renovation of the associated passenger boarding lounges including HVAC and electrical systems. Location Size

Chicago, IL O’Hare International Airport 400,000 SF


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O’Hare-United Club C10 United Airlines SCB is currently designing both the core and shell and interiors for new United Club at the C Concourse at O’Hare International Airport. This club aligns with the United Club brand standards previously developed by SCB. The new club will welcome travelers and invite them to the highest level of customer service and luxury between flights. This 17,000-square-foot facility will complement the growing club use at the C Concourse & O’Hare, serving as a companion to the newly opened Polaris Lounge at O’Hare. The C10 Club will feature panoramic views to the airfield with top of the line amenities such as privacy phone booths, a buffet, a full-service bar and hydration stations. Location Size

Chicago, IL O’Hare International Airport 17,000 SF


O’Hare Terminal 1 Curbside Renovation United Airlines SCB was selected to improve United Airlines’ passenger curbside access to ticketing and baggage check-in for Terminal 1 at O’Hare International Airport. For this project, SCB designed and implemented a prototypical bag-check and check-in kiosks. These items are fully integrated with a new roadway canopy to provide a weather-protected environment at the terminal entrance. Vestibules are now light and transparent to open up views of the existing terminal. Custom graphics were implemented to direct departing passengers to the appropriate entrance, therefore decreasing curbside congestion. The project allowed for an easier check-in for passengers, and it greatly improved circulation within the ticketing hall. Location

Chicago, IL O’Hare International Airport

Size

21,500 SF


Abu Dhabi Intermodal Transit Center International Airport SCB led an international consulting team in creating the Airport City Master Plan at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Conceived as a landmark development that will complement the new Midfield Passenger Terminal from a design, economic, and connectivity perspective, the centerpiece of the development will be the new Intermodal Transit Center. This transit hub will serve as a gateway to the new terminal and Airport City mixed-use development, and become the regional transportation transfer point for thousands of passengers traveling by bus, rail, and air. Location

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Size

410,000 SF


Gary-Chicago Airport Intermodal Terminal The Intermodal Terminal at the Gary / Chicago Airport brings together three modes of transit: passenger rail, passenger vehicles, and air travel in a forward-looking facility that has antecedents in the modern prototypes of Europe. The passenger rail system includes the High Speed Rail line linking Detroit with Chicago as well as the South Shore Line, the commuter line that ties the northwest corner of Indiana and south side of Chicago with Chicago’s Loop. It is designed as a true commuter facility for the South Shore Line. Parking and amenities for commuters are conveniently situated adjacent to the loading platforms. Location Size

Gary, IN 500,000 SF


O’Hare FedEx Cargo Facility The 370,000-square-foot, LEED Silver FedEx Cargo Facility, located at O’Hare International Airport, is composed of four buildings - World Service Center, Sort Building, Aircraft Maintenance Building, and Vehicle Maintenance Building. Public access is through the World Service Center (WSC), which contains management offices, conference rooms, training rooms, a break room, and a public service center. The building features a vegetated roof, high-efficiency mechanical and plumbing systems, and a high-performance building envelope. The WSC connects to the secure Sort Building via a 300-footlong pedestrian bridge spanning over the active airfield and separating the two buildings. The Sort Building contains the material handling systems and sortation matrix, and other support spaces. The Aircraft Maintenance building provides service and support to crews maintaining air operations for FedEx’s aircraft, while the vehicle maintenance building contains ground service equipment bays, vehicle storage, and a full-size truck wash bay. Location

Chicago, IL O’Hare International Airport

Size

370,000 SF


O’Hare Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station No. 1 SCB renovated the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station #1, located at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. In addition to the renovation, project scope included a single-story addition of 6,000 square feet. The addition includes space for three apparatus bays, incorporating all the necessary mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, communications, security, and CO2 exhaust systems for rescue and firefighting equipment. The design also included dormitory facilities with associated locker rooms and storage areas. Site improvements included landscaping and re-paving of the vehicle service driveway. The modification to the apron now accommodates drive-thru apparatus bays for the fire fighting vehicles. SCB also improved the curbing on the path and drainage west of the addition. Location Size

Chicago, IL O’Hare International Airport 6,000 SF


United Polaris United Airlines SCB continues our long-standing relationship with United Airlines as the design partner for the new luxury passenger lounge, United Polaris. A key component of the airline’s reimagined international business class experience, the lounges will be strategically deployed in nine airports worldwide. SCB has designed over 100,000 square feet of Polaris-branded space to date, focusing on providing exclusivity, personalization, and user-comfort for United’s premier customers. The primary design objective is to generate a sense of continuity between the on-board cabin environment and the lounge experience. SCB achieves this through thoughtful spatial planning, creating different zones within the lounges that celebrate the excitement of travel. SCB has also incorporated numerous hospitality-level amenities into the lounge to support United’s vision for an unprecedented standard of guest services. SCB’s studied use of materials, distinctive lighting, and impactful art creates a truly differentiated experience for travelers. Location

Chicago, IL Los Angeles, CA Houston, TX Narita, Japan

Size

Ranges from 10,000 SF - 29,000 SF

San Francisco, CA Hong Kong London, England Newark, NJ


United Clubs United Airlines SCB’s work with United Airlines includes over 15 clubs and a number of hospitality, transportation, and corporate assignments across the country. The airline worked with the SCB team to establish their signature design style and branding of their domestic clubs through architectural finishes and furnishings. SCB successfully met and continues to meet United’s design goals by creatively redefining the concept of the lounge spaces in regards to relaxation, recreation, food and beverage, and productivity. SCB’s designs furthers the position of the United brand in the marketplace and caters to their valued customer base. Throughout each design process, SCB is diligent in adhering to schedule, budgetary, and sustainability guidelines, as well as carefully considering appropriate regional design aesthetics. The success of past clubs has allows SCB to continue our long-standing relationship with United through the design and furniture standards for all future new and renovated clubs. Location Atlanta, GA Chicago, IL Cleveland, OH Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Dulles, VA Fort Lauderdale, FL Honolulu, HI Houston, TX Minneapolis, MN Newark, NJ New York, NY Phoenix, AR San Antonio, TX San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA Santa Ana, CA Seattle, WA Size Ranges from 2,000 SF - 48,000 SF


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