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Are Airports Non-Places?
By Stephen J. Appold and John D. Kasarda
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillImage        

Social scientists viewairports as quintessential ‘non-places.’‘Places’ communicate identity, social meaning and historywhile ‘non-places,’ lacking these attributes, are held to beanonymous, disorienting and off-putting. Airports — and the largersurrounding airport cities — are not limited to being anonymousand without meaning. Identity and meaning need to stem from the usersand their activities, supported by the urban design work of architectsand planners rather than from creating distant historical allusions andlocal programs.  More...

Are You Service-Oriented? Reducing Divergent Networks to IncreaseAirport Efficiency
By Mitul Patel, Motorola Solutions

The air transport industryhas a highly mobile workforce with millions of individuals at airportsthat must quickly access and act on real-time information. These needscreate a complex and dynamic workflow that must be carefully managed.However, even with recent technology advancements, many businessprocesses remain static and paper-based, reducing efficiency andeffectiveness while increasing inaccuracies and cost. In many oftoday’s airports, different constituencies have separatecommunications networks and platforms. That variation inevitably leadstoward too many people spending too much time trying to use, manage andcoordinate platforms. Full article...

Many Shades of Green Ahead
By Jane Ahrens, AIA LEED AP, Gresham Smith and Partners,Inc.

Designers and their airport clients arefully aware of the environmental and financial benefits of healthierbuildings. Demand for such facilities continues to grow as airportsrealize energy, water and other resource savings. To help meet thesegoals many airports are either voluntarily or by mandate designing andbuilding facilities to achieve LEED certification, or are adoptingbuilding codes and standards that are intended to target energyefficiencies and other sustainable features. Significant changes are onthe horizon for the LEED rating system and various sustainabilityfocused codes and standards that will further impact the design andconstruction of airport buildings.    Read more...

"The past is the past, and the future is ours tocreate."
Terry A. Ruhl, P.E., CH2M HILL, ACC 2011 Board of DirectorsChair

Aviation practitioners intoday’s marketplace are perhaps more greatly affected by thepolitical and economic climate than at any other time in theindustry’s history. Funding bills, political debates andstakeholder demands are requiring owners, developers, consultants,suppliers and contractors to have the ability to adapt, build innovativepartnerships and take greater risk.  Fullupdate...

After All
Cumulative Impact Claims: Hard to Describe,Even Harder to Prove
By J. Kevin Bridston, Holland and Hart, LLP

Most arefamiliar with claims for changes and delay claims. Fewer people arefamiliar with cumulative impact claims. What is a cumulative impactclaim? Stated simply, a cumulative impact claim is a claim that consistsof the “ripple effect” of multiple changes to a project, theeffects of which were not recognized or anticipated at the time thechange itself was priced by the contractor. Cumulative impact claims arerelatively uncommon and are generally seen only on large and complexprojects, however, they are noteworthy.  Fullstory...  

Executive Spotlight

TheSheward Partnership, LLC
The Sheward Partnership is anarchitecture, planning and sustainability consulting firm consisting ofhighly qualified architects, planners and sustainability expertsdedicated to creating environmentally sensitive architectural solutionsthat respond to client needs. A service-oriented firm, Sheward strivesto provide personalized solutions to every client and every project. Thededication of the staff is what truly makes the Sheward team so unique.The firm boasts a core of key staff that not only have extensiveexperience, but who have been collaborating on projects as a team forupwards of twenty years. This core is complemented and challenged bytalented new hires as the firm continues to expand and diversify. Theteam is led by involved managing partners who make every effort toprovide the latest technology, design tools and information available tothe staff in a comfortable, energized office environment. Full spotlight...

Associate Spotlight

Quantum Secure,Inc.

Founded in 2004, Quantum Secure enteredthe market as the first Physical Identity and Access Managementplatform. Today, the SAFE software suite remains the leading solutionfor managing identities and provisioning access in physical securityinfrastructure and customers range from large international airports tohighly secure government agencies and Fortune 500 globalcorporations. Fullspotlight...


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