Drafting Service Files: Learning from Airport Glazing Systems

Learning from Airports – How do airport enclosure challenges differ from other glass enclosures?

Airports are truly unique structures which means, of course, that they come with their own set of difficulties and quirks. When it comes to glass enclosures, airports bring a whole new challenge to the job, particularly in two areas: air tightness and noise resistance.

In addition to the usual patron and employee entrances and exits, airports have luggage conveyor belts, jet ways, bridges, and other poorly sealed areas to consider when thinking about air tightness. You may have experienced this first hand through the smell of jet fuel fumes as you search for your gate and the drop in temperature experienced when you finally find it and head for the jet way.

Equally noticeable, the vast expanse of an airport, with its smooth shiny walls, is a great amplifier of sound. Many airports put down hard-to-maintain carpet to help absorb some of the noise, but we’re often still left straining to hear our gate number be called.

Unfortunately, per the article posted by Building Enclosure Consulting, these problems will most likely remain. The author points out that the inflating costs of maintaining such poorly sealed buildings is often just passed on to the consumer instead of remedied.
To read more on the unique complications that come with airport glass enclosures, check out the article.