chooses Benham-Gensler-Benham Bellwether for terminal
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.
Benham-Gensler-Benham Bellwether plan calls for development
of the terminal in seven phases totaling $71 million.
said they prefer the Benham team's concept because
it is flexible, minimizes disruption to airline passengers
and separates departing passengers from arrivals.
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.
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."