Ancillary Airport Terminal Restroom Spaces Planning and Design

The objectives of this research are to develop guidance for the planning and design of airport terminal ancillary service spaces and update the guidance provided in ACRP Report 130: Guidebook for Airport Terminal Restroom Planning and Design. The guidance for airport terminal ancillary service spaces must address the following activities, functions, and spaces: (1) Service animal relief area/pet relief, (2) Lactation room, (3) Nursing mothers’ room, (4) Companion care/family room, (5) Adult changing table, and (6) Multi-sensory space. Additional activities, functions, and spaces that should be considered include: (1) Health/urgent care; (2) Companion waiting areas; (3) Public showers; (4) Ceremonial foot-washing; (5) Worship space; (6) Meditation/quiet space; (7) Sleeping space; (8) Yoga; (9) Fitness area; (10) Children’s play areas; (11) Clothes changing stall; and (12) Other activities, functions, or spaces identified by the research. The guidance should provide an overview of the following topics as they relate to the planning and design of restrooms and ancillary service spaces: (1) Relevant codes, regulations, and legal requirements (including anticipated changes), (2) Demographic trends, (3) Trends in the number and species of animals using service pet relief areas, (4) Changes in customer behavior/preferences, (5) New technologies and materials, and (6) Latest state of the practice/lessons learned at U.S. and international airports. The guidance should help practitioners estimate requirements, identify and evaluate options, and select the most appropriate strategy to meet their unique situation.  The following considerations (at a minimum) should be covered: (1) Legal requirements; (2) Considerations for equitable access; (3) Forecast of needs, including peaking characteristics, dwell times, safety/security (e.g., smart phones); (4) Facility requirements and design considerations, including overall terminal layout, size, walking distances, local community needs, resource limitations, sustainability; (5) Wayfinding and signage, including considerations for the sensory-challenged; (6) Maintenance, including maintainability of facilities, space access, materials, refresh timeline; (7) Custodial considerations (e.g., cleaning vs. sanitation); (8) Real-time monitoring of facility condition (customer-facing and maintenance-facing); and (9) Public health issues—cleaning, sanitation, assisted technologies.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $349837
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 07-16

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:


    400 Clifton Ave
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55403
  • Principal Investigators:

    Vange, Jens

  • Start Date: 20180228
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190827
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41862

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  • Accession Number: 01642760
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 07-16
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2017 1:00AM