“The living wall serves to calm and de-stress the checkpoint,” said Mitchell Walker, designer, aviation architecture, Mead & Hunt.
The transformation of the security area is part of a multi-million renovation and reconstruction of 50,000 square feet of ATW’s commercial passenger terminal designed by Mead & Hunt. The project included opening up and maximizing the space in the security area and establishing dedicated lanes for entering the security lines from the terminal and exiting to the terminal from the gates. Adding glazing, both at the exterior and for interior partitions, brightens up the area with borrowed light.
The living wall is situated at the end of the security lines in the “composure area” (where passengers can sit, put their shoes back on, and gather their belongings). Installed by SMA Construction Services (Green Bay, Wisc.), and maintained by Beauty By The Yard (Neenah, Wisc.), the green wall at ATW covers three sides of a structural wall. The section facing the TSA checkpoint is 10’-8” x 8’-3 3/8.” The wrapped corner section is 6’-8” x 10’-11 3/8.” The section facing toward the gates is 10’-8” x 10’-11 3/8”. In total, the wall includes 148 LiveWall modular planter boxes, which are high-impact, UV-resistant, architectural quality moldings. They contain re-usable inserts that hold the growing medium and contain a mix of five different indoor plants.