U.S. glass-manufacturing company View announced that its smart windows will be installed in the new 350,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 5 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).
View’s smart windows use artificial intelligence to optimize the amount of natural light in the terminal while minimizing heat and glare, to provide a more comfortable and healthier environment for passengers. In addition, smart windows reduce energy consumption by reducing cooling requirements, View said.
The expansion of Terminal 5 will increase its gate capacity by 25%, adding 10 new gates, new concessions, and a brand-new Delta Sky Club premium lounge facility featuring View Smart Windows. The expansion project is being carried out by HOK and Muller & Muller, along with the Chicago Department of Aviation.
“As more people return to the skies, transforming airports from curb to gate to be comfortable, healthy, and efficient will be key to instilling confidence in travelers,” said Jamie L. Rhee, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. “Incorporating View’s state-of-the-art, smart windows in Terminal 5 will help us provide an exceptional passenger experience while also making the airport more efficient and reducing our energy usage.”
“Airports are adopting View Smart Windows at an accelerating pace as they seek to elevate and upgrade the passenger experience,” said Rao Mulpuri, chairman and CEO of View. “Modern airport designs often feature multi-story glass facades; however, traditional glass can cause significant passenger discomfort through increased glare and heat. View Smart Windows solve this problem, enhancing people’s comfort and experience, while also reducing the airport’s carbon footprint.”
View says its Smart Windows have been installed at several airports, including Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Memphis International Airport (MEM), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Phoenix Sky-Harbor International Airport (PHX), and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
Every View installation also includes a smart building platform that consists of power, network, and communication infrastructure, according to the company.