Fort Smith Regional Airport


The Fort Smith Regional Airport was operating out of a cramped, 40 year old terminal building and was surrounded by military and general aviation facilities which limited the opportunities for expansion and renovation. Airport leadership desired a modern facility that would create a welcoming gateway to those entering the City through air transportation.


The Owner challenged MAHG to create a facility that responded to the new terminal’s location in a smaller market with strong ties to the community’s history of traditional brick buildings. Since most new air terminals rely upon exposed structure and large expanses of glass, there was little precedent for a passenger terminal which incorporated the latest in technology and security within a traditional brick envelope.


The “T”-shaped building uses towers to mark the entries to the airline ticketing offices and baggage claim/car rental areas. These two spaces, along with the main lobby area are connected to the Boarding Lounge and Departure Gates by an atrium illuminated with natural light by clerestory windows. Administrative offices are located on the upper floor overlooking the tarmac.


  • New Terminal Building

  • Fort Smith Regional Airport

  • Fort Smith, Arkansas

Project Details

  • 50,200 Square Feet

Completion Date

  • 2002

Project Value

  • $8.4 million

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