Earlier this year an addition to the existing Eagle County Regional Airport was opened to the public. Designed and built through a collaboration with Gensler and Hensel-Phelps, the Regional Airport serves both locals and visitors of Eagle County and the Vail Valley in Colorado.
The airport was expanded to fix crowding issues, accommodate current and future enplanements, offer more gate lounge space, and enhance the passenger experience.
The interior design was inspired by the agrarian and ranching history of the area. The black steel frames, maple wood ceilings, and polished concrete floors echo the rural structures found nearby. The open plan concept features floor-to-ceiling windows that give a clear view of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
Arconas’ Bernù Aero seating in rich brown upholstery greets passengers on the second level and complements the natural palate of the space. Included between seats are inPower Flex modules that allow passengers to charge their personal electronics via AC outlet or USB port from a comfortable seated position. 5% of seating is dedicated accessible seating as indicated by an embroidered wheelchair symbol.
Included in the addition are several lounge areas, a bar, restaurant and bathrooms. The building also has six new airline gates. Two loading gates are outside on the ground level and four gates are upstairs with new jet bridges for passenger arrival and departure.
The project also addressed operational needs, including improvements to the security checkpoint, conveyances, central concessions, support services, and restrooms. The new concourse is approximately 65,000 square feet.