Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, East International Terminal

The new East International Terminal must meet security design guidelines of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), while providing passengers with an attractive and inviting environment. Design and program managers are challenged with balancing security with operations, convenience to airline employees and passengers, capital costs and long term financial considerations.

Hartsfield Atlanta is the world's busiest airport with more than 76 million passengers annually, a number that is estimated to increase to more than 121 million passengers by 2015. The new East International Terminal is scheduled to open in 2006.

The standoff from the new East International Terminal to its multi-level parking garage, limited by site constraints, requires that air-blast effects be considered in the design of the terminal. While current requirements of the Transportation Security Administration must be met, there is no guarantee that requirements will not be changed or that new requirements will not be added.

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.

Hinman is performing analysis of the terminal structure to mitigate air-blast effects due to a vehicle delivered weapon in the parking garage, as required by the TSA. Hinman Consulting Engineers participated in developing a philosophy for security design guidelines of the terminal with design and program managers to provide a safe environment for airline passengers and employees.

Design criteria governing new airport construction is limited to TSA requirements for existing terminal buildings. Hinman draws on experience in applying applicable security design guidelines in designing federal buildings to make recommendations that will enhance the life safety of persons within the new terminal building, facilitate rescue efforts in the event of a terrorist attack, and minimize interruption of commerce, while adding minimal additional cost to the project.