Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Modernization Study

In January 2011, the City of Atlanta, Department of Aviation (DOA) initiated the current Airport Master Plan to provide a guide for facility development that will accommodate the future commercial aviation needs of the region throughout the 20-year planning period. In preparing the Master Plan, the planning team identified and analyzed improvements to airfield, terminal/gate, landside, and support facilities necessary to efficiently accommodate forecast growth in commercial aviation activity at the Airport.

Heery provided engineering design services and design support for the Master Plan Consultation project for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. To date, 18 task orders have been awarded, including a Modernization Study of the Central Passenger Terminal Complex (CPTC).

The study included the North and South Terminal curbside passenger drop off areas, atrium, main security screening checkpoint, checkpoint composure area, lower roadway pedestrian tunnels, plane train and transportation mall. Conceptually, the project team’s wanted to lighten and brighten the existing spaces, using materials and visual cues to create an improved wayfinding experience for passengers. Cleaner, more modern aesthetics were considered to create a refreshed design.

In the Master Plan, a two-story living walls and a large oculus skylight in the atrium was suggested to open the space while reinforcing the airport’s sustainability campaign. Integrated planters would be paired with flexible touch-down seating to create a lounge environment. Created by local artists, large-scale installations in the passenger tunnels might differentiate otherwise similar train stops, serving as a wayfinding tool.


Interior Design


Atlanta, Georgia


1,835,000 SF