Posted by: glassblockblogger | December 3, 2011

Putting Both Security and Beauty in Airport Design

Glass Block in Airport Design
New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia

Airports want to protect their travelers on the ground as the airlines do in the air. It is also important for the airport to provide an aesthetically pleasing experience for the traveler to make the time spent in the airport as pleasant as possible.

These are two examples of airport Glass Block projects:

Miami Internal AirportMiami Airport Commuter

Located just a few short miles from the coastline, Miami International Airport is a prime target for hurricanes. And, since its construction in 1928, has seen its fair share of close calls from Mother Nature. So when American Airlines officials announced plans for their new commuter terminal expansion, Pittsburgh Corning knew this project was a great opportunity to showcase their innovative products and their ability to effectively take the brunt of Mother Nature’s fury.

The project goals not only required a product durable enough to stand up to hurricane season but one that would also easily allow an inflow of light into the terminal. It seemed like a match made in heaven for LightWise® Architectural Systems Hurricane Resistant Windows.

Altogether, the new American Airlines Commuter Terminal at the Miami International Airport features 547 of Pittsburgh Corning’s LightWise® Hurricane Resistant Windows. Using a random pattern of six different sizes of windows, the design offers ample light while also providing an increased circulation of airflow.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Another example is the Ronald Reagan National Airport. This is an airport that needs to stay true to its design characteristics of contemporary, historical, and beautiful. The airport had to give more than three million parking patrons a well-marked path to their flights. From the beginning, the new garage at National Airport was a study in contrasts. The charge was simple, yet challenging – create a modern building within the shadows of the Washington Monument.

Ronald Reagan International AirportThe predominant features of the garage are the glass block elevator towers. The clear Vue® pattern provides a peripheral view and emits maximum light, which is important both for aesthetics and safety. These towers, combined with clearly marked entrances and exits, help guide patrons to their destinations.

Ultimately, the use of glass block helps patrons traverse the parking garage, adding immeasurably to their peace of mind. The finished project is a shining example of steel and glass block.

Eastern Glass Block has over 20 years of experience in commercial glass block design and installation. Give us a call to discuss your next project.


  1. Very thoughtful bloog

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