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Terminal Facilities Planning

Since the firm's inception in 1989, R&A has provided terminal facilities planning services through a core group of professionals that includes industry leaders experienced in project management; strategic and master planning; financial planning; simulation modeling; and the graphic presentation of successful solutions. R&A's terminal planning approach focuses on developing a sustainable growth strategy for our client airports that augments invested capital and establishes the foundation for investing future capital that will result in quality facilities and services for the airport's tenants and users. We augment the expertise of our highly experienced staff with best-in-class analysis tools and a methodical and collaborative approach to analyze complex airport issues so that implementable solutions can be developed to achieve the airport operator's goals and objectives. Our terminal facilities planners have consistently demonstrated their capabilities to successfully work on behalf of our clients to develop consensus among sometimes competing stakeholder objectives. R&A has completed terminal facilities planning projects for numerous domestic airports, including those serving Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, New York, Oakland, Phoenix, and the Washington, D.C., area as well as international facilities in the Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. R&A's ability to develop business-driven solutions increases the likelihood that stakeholders will adopt longer-range strategies that ultimately improve the competitiveness of the airport.

The types of terminal facilities planning services offered by R&A include:

  • Critical Needs Assessment – R&A's initial step in terminal planning involves coordination with the client to understand opportunities and constraints unique to each airport. Our terminal planners work with clients and designated stakeholders to define the problem, and then conduct in-depth analyses of and document both existing issues and anticipated facility performance as activity demand increases. This approach provides our clients with an understanding of where to focus valuable resources and identifies a priority for planning future capital projects.
  • Facility Programming – R&A provides comprehensive facility planning and programming services in developing requirements based on the unique characteristics of each airport. Best-in-class analysis tools, such as the Comprehensive Airport Simulation Technology (CAST) and VISSIM have been fully integrated into R&A's terminal planning methodology to ensure that our analyses accurately represent the unique physical arrangement of the airport, its operating procedures, and passenger attributes and behavior. These tools enable us to conduct planning in a three-dimensional environment, which leads to a holistic understanding of operational relationships and how the public and tenants will experience the facilities.
  • Concept Development – Our terminal planners frequently assist in formulating and implementing industry initiatives and federal guidelines to ensure that the translation of programmatic requirements into facility concepts conforms to internationally recognized standards for airport operations, security protocols, and service quality. The diverse domestic and international experience of R&A's terminal planners provides our clients with a global appreciation of the changes that continue to transform our dynamic industry and methods to successfully deliver projects beyond planning into design and implementation.
  • Scenario Testing and Sensitivity Analysis – R&A has successfully integrated state-of-the-art graphic and simulation modeling technologies to effectively present complex issues and solutions that can be quickly understood by decision-makers. The technologies we use allow our clients to test concepts under different scenarios to determine the sensitivity of solutions to a given set of assumptions, which is an important consideration in the air transportation industry.
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