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March 21, 2002

Airport chooses Benham-Gensler-Benham Bellwether for terminal expansion

Tulsa Airport Authority trustees have selected a long-range master plan for expansion of the passenger terminal at Tulsa International Airport that proposes to centralize baggage screening in the center terminal and reclaim the Great Hall as a public space.
In a unanimous vote, trustees selected the architectural team and designs of Benham which is partnering with Gensler and Associates of San Francisco and Benham Bellwether Ltd. of Tulsa.

The Benham-Gensler-Benham Bellwether plan calls for development of the terminal in seven phases totaling $71 million.

Trustees said they prefer the Benham team's concept because it is flexible, minimizes disruption to airline passengers and separates departing passengers from arrivals.

"I liked the flow -- the movement of people," said Mayor Susan Savage, a trustee. "The focus is on passenger ease, trying to minimize the difficulties for passengers in moving through the airport.

"And I really liked the Great Hall configuration. It could be a meeting place by raising the roof, removing the rental cars and making it a place to congregate. It's something that could be used by the community, and I liked that a lot."