Palm Springs International Airport
Terminal Concourse
Palm Springs, CA

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Interior View

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Interior View

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Concourse Entrance


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New Concourse Front View

Project Description
The main design feature of the new eleven gate concourse was a tensile roof structure, using teflon coated fiberglass membrane, that floats over an open air concourse and enclosed holdrooms and concessions. The use of tensile fabric construction on the concourse protects the main circulation areas from the elements while providing opportunities for natural ventilation, shade and illumination. The design reinforces the image of the airport as America’s premier resort port. The project received the “Project of the Year” award from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).Gerhard Pichel, president of GPA, was the project principal on this project while employed with another firm.


Client: City of Palm Springs
Scope: Architectural and Interior Design, Construction
Area: 80,000 sf
Cost: $16 million
Year Completed: 1999