After two weeks and 5,110 members of the community rating each of two designs via survey for the new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport, the Lafayette Airport Commission has selected the “Journey” architectural design to be the model that will become the New LFT. The results of the survey showed “Journey” had a 4.18 average rating out of five, while the “Spirit” design averaged 3.22 out of five.
The majority of ratings, with a total of over 2,800, were provided directly online at the airport’s website. Other major sources of ratings input came from responses to electronic surveys, hand tablets that transmitted results to the online database, and ratings forms found inside the airport terminal and other community locations. SIDES & Associates, a Lafayette firm that handles communications projects for the airport, conducted the public outreach and data gathering and reported the results to the airport commission at a special meeting called to receive the community ratings report.
The outreach campaign was launched online, through public service announcements, signs in front of the airport and on in-terminal monitors, electronic surveys and face-to-face data gathering places that included local libraries, community centers, churches, civic club meetings and with airport customers at the terminal.
The two designs were posted on the airport’s terminal website newlftterminal.com along with a description of the vision behind each design from Principal and Project Designer Frank Gratton of RS&H, Lafayette Regional Airport’s architectural and engineering firm. In 2016 the Lafayette Airport Commission chose RS&H as the lead architects for the new terminal, along with their local partners including MBSB Group, Domingue Szabo and Associates and others.
“The Lafayette Airport Commission is overwhelmed by the level of community response to our request for ratings on the proposed terminal designs,” says Valerie Garrett, Commission Chairperson. “Our airport is the first and last impression many visitors have of Lafayette. Our architects, led by RS&H, provided two options that meet the requirements of a functional airport operation that addresses the needs of travelers and went beyond that to also capture the spirit of our culture in their designs. We believe the New LFT Terminal will be a symbol of which our community can take great pride.”
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