Airport Exit Canopy Design
University Park Airport, State College, PA
Stahl Sheaffer, as part of an architect-led team, designed and detailed several canopies and a kiosk for the revised airport visitor parking lot. Structural detailing followed the architectural intent to expose and express the structures as part of the overall aesthetic. Structural copes and custom designed connections were detailed to combine subtle accents with a bold structure creating an overall clean yet purposeful visual appeal. Stahl Sheaffer collaborated with the architect and electrical engineer to develop details which would obscure the lighting fixtures and required electrical conduits within the structural details, providing functional and accent lighting without those components being readily apparent.
The free-standing steel-framed exit canopy structure consists of custom-designed tube-steel trusses which accentuate the curved profile of the canopy and support the long-span decking which was selected to maintain an uninterrupted look. A light-framed kiosk is tucked under the canopy for airport employees managing the exit traffic.
An extension to the existing entry canopy at the building was designed to match the existing canopy condition. The existing building structure was used to support the new canopy framing and reinforced to carry the additional imposed load.
Extending from the end of the building, a new free-standing canopy provides additional covered area for patrons utilizing public bus transportation. The bus canopy was designed with a dual sloped beam at each column supported by a tension rod suspended from an extension of the single offset cantilevered column. An opaque polycarbonate surface was used to create a more open feeling while providing shelter from the elements. A perforated metal was used to create a wind break at the back of the canopy.
Over 500 feet of meandering walkway canopy to provide patrons cover into the remote parking area was designed to mimic the bus canopy on a smaller scale with an inverted tension rod configuration. The canopy was designed in three simple patterned sections that could easily be field adjusted to follow the undulating serpentine curve in plan by accommodating minor variation in length of the elements as well as accommodating the variation in elevation based on the site, saving time and money in detailing and fabrication while eliminating field discrepancies.
Pedestrian Walkway Canopy