American Airlines recently launched an expansive lounge makeover program, applying new design guidelines at airports around the globe. The aim of this extensive upgrade is to create elegant spaces that better align with the modern lifestyles of their passengers while establishing consistency and strengthening brand recognition across every American lounge worldwide. Providing passenger’s refuge from public concourse areas and the constant, noisy barrage of terminal happenings the design of the Admirals Club offers an atmosphere that is refreshing, flexible, open, and intended for shorter dwell times. The Flagship Lounge, geared towards elite patrons, is a more intimate space with a higher end, boutique feel. The overall design guidelines provide for flowing lines, iconic images, and juxtaposition of materials, such as wood and metal. Both clubs feature communal tables, high-back chairs, and power outlets with USB ports. The renovation replaces alogen and fluorescent lights with energy-saving LED lighting. Hidden wall grazers and pendants were added in various shapes to provide direct and indirect lighting.This project was completed using Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) which is also the airline’s first IPD endeavor in Chicago. Both lounges, which were completed on time and under budget, provide atmospheres that are modern, stylish, and welcoming.
The lighting in the Admirals Club upgrade illustrates how materials and elements can be composed to create a powerful effect, without significant additional cost. Replacing halogen and fluorescent lights with LEDs saves energy and reduces operating costs while allowing for smaller fixtures that are powerful enough to provide lighting where needed (not just creating a blanket of light everywhere). Hidden wall grazers and pendants in interesting shapes provide direct and indirect lighting. Incorporating luminaires into the furniture brings attention to specific items, areas, and surfaces, to create contrast and dimension.
The ambient lighting is calibrated at the levels to ensure the space feels warm, differentiating the intense light of the concourse with a softer, more diffused palette inside. Signature pieces are placed for emphasis, to draw the eye through the living room space, accentuating the intimacy of the architecture.
Active mechanical and electrical systems and controls were designed to reduce energy consumption.
The new and renovated American Airlines Lounges are part of the long-term reconfiguration of the O’Hare Modernization Program aimed at reducing flight delays and increasing capacity to serve passengers, airlines, and airport team members more efficiently. The lounges provide passengers with a refuge from the public concourse areas and the constant, noisy barrage of terminal happenings. Our design of the Admirals Club offers an atmosphere that is refreshing, flexible, open, and intended for shorter dwell times. The Flagship Lounge, geared toward American’s elite patrons, is a more intimate space with a higher end, boutique feel.
Highly efficient plumbing fixtures that yield 34% potable water consumption savings relative to a comparable baseline building.
13% recycled content value as a percentage of the total materials cost, reducing the negative impacts resulting from the extraction and processing of virgin materials.