Oakland International Airport, International Arrivals Building Improvements
AE3 played a pivotal role as the Prime Architect in the ambitious endeavor to modernize and expand the International Arrivals Building (IAB) at Oakland International Airport. This undertaking was crucial in ensuring that the airport seamlessly accommodates the needs of international arriving passengers while meeting the rigorous standards set by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
At the heart of this transformative project lies the comprehensive provision of essential CBP passenger processing facilities. These encompass a wide array of crucial elements, such as state-of-the-art aircraft gate vestibules, a meticulously designed sterile corridor system to maintain passenger security and privacy, primary and secondary passenger processing areas equipped with cutting-edge technology, an efficient international baggage claim zone, and a welcoming in-transit lounge offering travelers a comfortable respite. The CBP office and support areas within the International Arrivals Building were also a critical focus, ensuring that CBP personnel have the necessary resources to carry out their vital duties effectively.
The IAB project was a comprehensive endeavor aimed at enhancing the functionality and aesthetics of the building. The initial phase involved programming and space planning to lay the foundation for the extensive renovations that followed. The primary objectives included optimizing passenger flow and screening processes while ensuring compliance with CBP requirements. One of the standout features of the project was the implementation of a state-of-the-art baggage carousel system, a significant upgrade from the previous, outdated one. This new system promises increased efficiency and quicker baggage handling for travelers. To accommodate the expanded baggage area and the growing passenger numbers, a building addition was constructed. This addition not only provided ample space for queuing and processing but also served as the new home for the CBP office and support facilities, aligning with their specific operational needs.
The IAB's infrastructure received a much-needed facelift, with the introduction of modern restroom facilities and updates to existing ones, offering passengers a more comfortable and pleasant experience. Additionally, passenger equipment and aesthetic enhancements were integrated throughout the building, improving both functionality and aesthetics. Safety was a top priority in the project, as seen in the seismic upgrades made to bring the structure in line with current building codes. Furthermore, the project team addressed the reconfiguration of the passenger boarding bridge, streamlining the boarding process for convenience and efficiency.
The expansion's impact extended beyond the building's interior, with necessary reconfigurations of taxi lanes and aircraft parking positions to accommodate the increased capacity. Overall, the IAB project was a comprehensive transformation that aimed to elevate the airport's functionality, passenger experience, and safety standards while ensuring seamless operations for both travelers and CBP personnel.
Location: Oakland, CA
Role: Prime Architect
Size: 60,000 SF