Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport


The new East International Terminal (EIT) was designed to meet security design guidelines of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Design and program mangers knew providing passengers with an attractive and inviting environment while meeting TSA requirements was essential. Tasked with balancing security with operations, convenience, capital costs, and long-term financial considerations, the team set off to develop practical plans.

Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport with more than 107,000,000 passengers annually: more than 300,000 passengers daily. This new EIT opened its doors in 2006.

Standoff from the new EIT to its multi-level parking garage required the consideration of air-blast effects in designing the terminal. We worked with the design team to ensure that the new concourse could resist a vehicle weapon threat in parking areas within 300 feet.

Hinman participated in developing a philosophy for security design of the terminal with design and program managers to provide a safe environment for airline passengers and employees.


Our in-house programs modeled concentrated behavior of structural components including walls, cladding elements, columns, slabs, beams and girders. Because every building has its own unique characteristics, we design our in-house to be easy to adjust. This allows for variations in material properties, connection details, explosive loading and geometry.

Hinman performed an analysis of the terminal structure to mitigate air-blast effects due to a vehicle delivered weapon in the parking garage. Additionally, we aided in the development of the philosophy for security design guidelines of the terminal. These security design guidelines ensure a safer environment for airline passengers and employees.

TSA requirements constrain design criteria governing new airport to that of existing terminal buildings. Hinman draws on experience in applying relevant security design guidelines when designing federal buildings to make recommendations. Priorities included enhancing the life safety of passengers and employees within the new terminal building. This included planning for rescue efforts in case of a terrorist attack and minimizing interruption of commerce, all while adding minimal added cost to the project.