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Covid-19 Preventative Airport Terminal

Kelsi Kanoy, Chelsea Helms, Department of Applied Design, Appalachian State University, 287 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608


     At its worst, the aviation industry was projected to have lost about 90% of its annual revenue as a direct result of COVID-19. This pandemic has drastically changed the dynamic of air transportation.  Traveling for business and leisure are a thing of the past.  Now, travel is only out of necessity. This study explores possible design solutions that rethink airport terminals’ ability to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while simultaneously providing a familiar, comforting, and safe travel experience.  The end goal is to encourage airline travel once again.  Not only does this study provide a possible solution to the travel limitations, it also creates a uniform way to fight disease transmission in airports worldwide and combats the feelings of fear and anxiety many travelers are concerned by.  Comparative research strategies were utilized to gather the information in this study.  A collection of scholarly articles about airport design, COVID-19 transmission, indoor air quality, health and safety signage, biophilic design, universal design, and general wellness in relation to the built environment were all analyzed for the purpose of this study.  There is a critical need to redesign our airport terminals not only to promote air travel, but also to ensure the safety of the experience.  In conclusion, the goal is to create an airport design that utilizes innovative solutions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus while also creating an environment that encourages connectivity, productivity, and reduces stress in travelers.




Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Kelsi Kanoy

Institution: Appalachian State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Architecture & Interior Design

Status: Approved


Time and Location

Session: Poster 1
Date/Time: Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 2053