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Pittsburgh International Airport recently unveiled Presley’s Place, a world-class sensory-friendly space in Concourse A of the airport’s airside terminal. This first-of-its-kind, 1,500 sq. ft. multi-room space serves as a calming respite for travelers with sensory processing issues and their families to decompress while traveling.

HDG provided architectural services to the Allegheny County Airport Authority, as part of an on-call architectural services contract, to design this project, carefully incorporating a number of features to meet a variety of unique needs and provide sensory support.  The suite contains a family room, three individual rooms, a quiet room and an airplane experience room, which contains real airline seats, overhead bins and working lights – allowing travelers a chance to experience what it’s like to board an actual airplane, before doing just that!

Some of the unique features of the project include a variety of tactile, touchable surfaces; cloud panels to soften the adjustable, overhead lighting; soundproofing in the doors, walls, and ceilings; sustainable, odor-free materials; smaller rooms for silence or privacy, calming sounds and visual stimulation; numerous custom-built features such as the benches and “tunnels”, all with soft or curved surfaces, and a sensory-friendly bathroom with both a height-adjustable sink and adult changing table.

Presley’s Place is the recipient of the 2019 AIA Pittsburgh People’s Choice Award.