Rochester Institute of Technology's Interior Design program hosts a weeklong workshop every year called Hyperspace where students complete a sponsored project that addresses a social need.
The 2022 iteration of "Hyperspace" featured a partnership with Syracuse Hancock International Airport and C&S Companies to design a new food and beverage lounge for the airport's pre-security area. Fifteen teams of students were challenged to take on the airport design project over the course of five days, concluding with a presentation for a jury.
The key component of the design packages was the use of vending machines that provide fresh, healthy meals to improve the experience of the airport's pre-security population — including employees, drivers and friends and family picking up travelers. Airport pre-security areas commonly lack food and beverage vendors due to low revenue generation, causing some airports to address the need through the installation of vending machines. The concepts also included considerations of signage, lighting, furniture selection and more.
The designs are being used as inspiration for the real-world build out of the Syracuse airport's new concessions area.
Video by the winning team of Annie Burks, Mak Friery, Ben Stisser and Teresa Uhl
Video bu the honorable mention team of Isabel Kubick, Nathan Templemen, Lavender Tu, Quentin Stoneburner and Troa Vimahi
Video by the honorable mention team of Jenna Rosser, Jessica Vail, Luisa Velocci and Myles Wilson