Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Daily Parking Decks
Airport officials wanted each of the parking decks to extend beyond the boundaries of conventional design. Perforated metal panels are backlit blue to match the airport´s accent color, reveal the truss structure, and provide visibility and ventilation to meet airport safety requirements. The perforated stainless steel skin eliminates the need for fans and ductwork. The underside of each level is painted white, enhancing security while reducing the need for artificial lighting, reducing lighting energy costs.
At night the point loaded, glass-enclosed stair towers glow to create lanterns. Dynamic blue LED signal lights are programmed to chase around the helix. The decks feature an automated parking management system. C.M. Kling & Associates was principal lighting designer for the project.
SF: 6,000-spaces; 2,250,000 SF
Recognitions: NC AIA (Honor Award), International Association of Lighting Designers (National Award of Merit - Monumental Structures/Public Spaces )
Photographers: Stanley Capps, Carolina Photo Group
Associated Architect: The Wilson Group