Headhunted and hired on as Sr Project Designer in 2000, I joined the Dallas office in order to manage the design process for this 600,000 sq ft project.
With a budget of $300 million it was to be a keystone and seminal design statement by American......a design which would go on to be replicated in other terminal facilities throughout the US.
After app 18 months of intense design development, on the afternoon of September 10, 2001, I made the Master Design presentation to the key executives of American Airlines in our boardroom. We adjourned at 5:30 to re-convene at 9:00 AM the following morning...... a meeting that, as history states, never occurred.
The design concept in part revolved around a radical approach to terminal realities - employing 'stealth architecture' as a deign signature, forms, architecturally and internally, flowed, intersected - acted and reacted at unexpected junctions and intersections. My proposal to angle/shape the primary traffic corridor walls was an innovation which would significantly reduce the impact points of luggage traffic, thereby allowing a more reasonable management of maintenance budgets.
That language was extended to washroom entries, into the retail concourse (with a planned 70' ceiling) and as a part of the imposed requirement by Massport for public art integration, my concept of integrating Leonardo Da Vinci's Flying Machines into the terrazzo concourses was enthusiastically received by AA.
Sadly, following 9/11, and the tragic aftermath of economic impact, the project was abandoned and cancelled by AA.
Location: Boston, MA, US