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User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3604 posts, RR: 20
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6615 times:

What started in Civil Aviation as a discussion about the plan in the 1990s about replacing MSP is now a thread about airport designs.

What is this all about?

Many of us in our youth probably drew pictures of airports. We drew our dream airports or redesigns of current airports. I know there have been threads were we share our airports in word but now it is time to draw.

Now it is time to share!

1) Design an airport that either replaces a current airport on its current location (realignment and redesign) or at a new location.
2) Post the image as a link or thumbnail. DO NOT PLACE LARGE IMAGES IN THE THREAD.
3) At the top of your post;
-Your nickname or real name (your choice)
-name the airport,
-give the city name (serving...),
-name of design,
-state if it is a: realignment, redesign or new airport,
-list the number of gates,
-number of concourses/terminals,
4) Give an explanation of why you designed the airport the way you did. What are the benefits of your design? Give any other information that might help understand what is being looked at. Can it be expanded?
5) Please make a legend for your airport drawing to help others understand what is being looked at. example: Blue Dotted line = tram, Yellow = Commercial space, Dark Grey (gray) = runways, Light grey (gray) =taxiways/apron
Detailed is good. Labels are good.
6) Try to be practical. Not to suppress creativity but you know a 150 gate airport to replace CWA would probably not be practical now or in the next 100 years.

You can stick to the terminal or go into details with runways, taxiways, cargo apron, boundaries, ATC, maintainance, parking, transport, and other details.

If you want to have an image of an airplane that is easy and doesn't infringe on copyrights, I recommend using the "(" from Zapf Dingbats. The "(" is a 4 engine aircraft. In the example below a 24pt version represents a wide-body while the 16pt version represents a narrow body.

I used InDesign to do the drawings and make the PDF. But you can use any form or software you want. If possible let's keep the formats to PDFs and JPGs.

If a member would like to play with a design, please ask the owner for permission.

When making a comment on an airport design, please quote the critical info of the poster (designer name, name of airport, name of design)

Please do not belittle someone's design. Give constructive criticism.

posting an edit
If you make changes to an original posted design, please quote your original post's critical information. Then give the description of the changes and links or thumbnails of your new image/design.

Have fun!

Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
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User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3604 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6612 times:

The following is an example of how this is suppose to work. You may also discuss it if you would like

Designer: Justin "Centrair" Dart
Airport: Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport
Serving: Twin Cities Southern and Central Minnesota
Design: Snowflake
New Airport (replacement of current)
Gates: 106
Concourse/Terminals: 7

I looked at the designs used in the most recently built airports and terminals in the world. I took ideas from ICN, NGO, HKG, BKK, SIN and CDG. I liked the curves used at CDG and ICN, the commercial space used in HKG, BKK, SIN and NGO and the general shape of HKG and NGO. For customs & immigration I used DTW which I find is very efficient for getting international passengers to domestic flights and vice version.

I also took into my design the fact that though the Twin Cities has good O&D, it is mainly a transit airport and needed to meet the demands of such an operation.

The airport is a snowflake shape to represent the midwest (where I am originally from). Also the design allowed for easy flow from concourse to concourse without having to go through underground tunnels. I do include a tram system so that those that have tight transfers can make it across the facility in shorter times while those who have time to walk can do so.

The current design has only 106 gates. Expansion can occur in space between concourse C &G and E & G. The expansion can be in a circular satellite terminal, a long rectangle Satellite or square satellite. Gates can also be added to the area between A and T1 or off of T1 to the right and left. C, E and G can also be extended for additional gate space.

Commercial space is a corner stone of this facility. The Twin Cities are famous for their shopping malls and I felt that having an "airport with a shopping center built on top of it" would not only reflect on a unique aspect of the area but also bring vital income to facility to help pay back loans and make money for future improvements.

There is commercial space in the area after security and before security. This allows local residents a place to go shopping, hang out or even go on a date (what have you). By allowing the surrounding areas to shopping at the airport there is a chance of increased income. The commercial space after security includes brand shops, DFS, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bars, game areas, theaters, spas and other businesses. Those transferring can get last minute gifts, take some time to relax or just have fun. (don't miss your flight!)

The airport is not just a place to get on a plane but a destination in its own.

Direct download of design (PDF) Future MSP
If this doesn't work for you. Aviation Downloads Click on Future MSP

1) I didn't include a maintanance facility as I couldn't decide on a location.
2) ATC is not drawn but I was thinking of having it in the center of the center ring.
3) I put the airport south of the Twin Cities in a non-specific location.
4) My original idea had closer to 150 gates but once I drew the gates I was limited to 106.

Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6605 times:

Wow, thats look awesome. How long did it take you to draw up all the pages in your PDF?

I think I might have a go at it this weekend if I get a chance.

User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3604 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6597 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 2):
Wow, thats look awesome.

Thank you and good luck on your design

Quoting Centrair (Reply 1):

5) Made in InDesign CS (Thus PDF). Used lots of standard shapes, colors and line variations. Used the shape tool to change the shape of certain objects to make them work (top of the "T").
6) Time taken: 4 hours...Lots of copy and pasting and resizing.

Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

Here is my design for the new MSP.

Name: Minneapolis/St. Paul World Gateway International Airport
Serving: Minneapolis/St. Paul region
Design: New airport replacing the old MSP
Gates: 220 gates (30 international gates, 190 domestic gates)
Terminals: 4 (one for major and international carriers, another for low-cost carriers, the other for charter carriers, and the other for cargo carriers)
Terminal 1 (Main Terminal): 6 concourses
Terminal 2: 3 concourses
Terminal 3 (Charter Terminal): 1 concourse
Cargo Terminal: 1 concourse
Runways: 4 runways
Hangars: 2 hangars

The new MSP will be able to handle more international traffic. The new MSP is far away from houses, but is linked to the city by a high speed rail (like London's Airport Express and Hong Kong's high speed rail). Each terminal will have parking ramps. Roadways will be underground next to the terminals. A tram (automated people mover) will carry passengers to their correct terminal for their flight. The main terminal will have a 500 room hotel with restaurant. The airport will also have space for stores and restaurants (like Northstar Crossing at the old MSP) This airport has plenty of land to expand. I will try to get my drawing on here, but I'll need a little help.

[Edited 2007-07-18 18:45:38]

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User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

Here is my airport design:

The main terminal (terminal 1) actually has 7 concourses. Also on the Terminal 1 map design you will see two random circles and a line, I for got to delete those.

Thanks to Centrair for the help.

It ain't no normal MD80 its a Super 80!
User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3604 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6511 times:

Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 5):
Thanks to Centrair for the help.

No problem

Interesting design (when making the PDF I actually didn't look at the file too much).

About how many gates are at your airport design?

Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6490 times:

Quoting Centrair (Reply 6):

Terminal 1 (Main Terminal): 175 gates (20 international and 145 domestic gates)
Terminal 2: 15 gates (2 international and 13 domestic gates)
Terminal 3 (Charter Terminal): 5 gates
Total: 195 gates

On one of my posts I said 220 gates, but that seems like a little too much.

It ain't no normal MD80 its a Super 80!
User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6444 times:

Forgot Air Tran on terminal 2 on my new MSP design.  embarrassed 

Here is my design of Duluth International Airport:

Terminals: 1
Gates: 15
Parking ramps: 1 (650 spaces)
Northwest (Airlink)
Midwest (Connection)
Allegiant Air
Sun Country

Possible entrants:
Jet Blue
Air Tran
American (Connection)

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