A regional airport for Lubbock program



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"The increased air traffic volume of the 1970's calls for the effective advance planning of airports and facilities as a part of comprehensive planning for an area. The large numbers of new and high capacity airplanes entering airlines service and general avaition activity impose a responsibility upon aircraft owners and operators to provide adequate airport and ground facilities to serve them." To meet with this large growth of air traffic, the Lubbock airport must expand. At present the existing facility enplanes 157,000 peopleo In 1968 and future demands for 1980 predict 410,000 to 700,000 people. The city of Lubbock recognizes this problem and has contracted its studyo The airport master plan is the result of that study and the basic runway layouts will be a part of this thesis. The primary goals of this study are basic to all airport demands and problems. The basic problem at Lubbock is today an architectural one. The airport does not make a statement to the visitors or to the city. As a major port of arrival and departure, it must do so. An airport that is truly representative of the city of Lubbock is essential in the more subtle influences that it can produce; for example, the economics of the area could improve if the airport were better, and the city itself might draw more industry and a wider variety of business to the area. The airport is a revenue producing operation and a better facility can increase this income. The basic problems inherent in an airport should be discussed so the designer can understand and solve these in the best and most economical way possible. The following goals should also be defined:

  1. To provide for a present and future passenger demand
  2. To decrease walk~g time from car to check-in and check-in to plane.
  3. Maximum ease of baggage pick-up and handling
  4. Revenue production
  5. Efficient passenger services, car-rental, cabs, etc.
  6. To provide a building or buildings that function with maximum efficiency and minimum maintenance.
  7. To be a'Qle to adapt to future increases in airplane design and sizes. In short, the terminal building must be for the convenience of the passenger. It must provide the safest possible conditions for the passengers as well as the employee, and for the economy of terminal development. The segregation of traffic flow must be based on function to avoid disorientation and to eleminate passenger confusion. For this thesis, I plan to programme a terminal for 1980 showing how it can expand for 1990 or 2000 year service. I feel that this will give a more realistic approach to the problem.