promotional renderings for this remodel/roof job showed a huge glass canopy that resembled a glittering future vision from a 1940s science-fiction pulp. For once, the results lived up to the hype. At nearly a hundred feet up, this 100,000-square-foot roof is practical, in that it keeps one dry between the airport and the parking garage. But just as good, the two-acre umbrella's practicality is combined with a sublime design.
The most notable engineering feat of the canopy may be the steel rod rigging that connects the wide pedestrian-access bridges with girders above. These, in turn, are supported by triangular trusses all the way across the canopy. Looking up, across, and down again is a singularly rewarding experience. (Just look out for the birds; local starlings and sparrows have taken up residence in fearsome numbers, and they don't mind unloading in the white zone, if you know what I mean.)