Pittsburgh Airport unveils designs for $1.1bn terminal

WCN Editorial Team 21 Feb 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The board of directors of the Allegheny County Airport Authority has approved a concept design for the $1.1bn Terminal Modernisation Programme at Pittsburgh International Airport, US.

The new terminal, which will be built adjacent to the Airside facility between Concourses C and D, is scheduled to open in 2023.

The design team joint venture of architectural and engineering firms Gensler and HDR, in association with luis vidal + architects, has developed the design, which is based on the philosophy of nature, technology and community (NaTeCo).

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said: “This is a facility that truly reflects the growing Pittsburgh region and the renaissance that is ongoing here, including at the airport.

“The story of this airport is really a story about moving our region forward – about creating new jobs, retaining ones that are already here and maximizing our assets for the highest and best use for our citizens without saddling local taxpayers with the bill.”

The design contract has been awarded in July 2018.

Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said: “This new terminal, inspired by the beauty, tech renaissance and people of our region will integrate seamlessly into the great design of the existing Airside Terminal.

“In considering this design, we looked at function first, then form, to construct a building that will be both iconic, practical and affordable and that can be easily adapted as the technology and transportation needs of our community change.”

The concept design currently features separate levels for departing and arriving passengers; non-public level for building systems such as baggage belts; space for an expanded TSA checkpoint; shorter walking distances for passengers; indoor and outdoor green plazas and gathering spaces; space for concessions, artwork and other amenities; planning for technological improvements and automated systems; and emphasis on sustainability.

luis vidal + architects founder and executive president Luis Vidal said: “I’m pleased to be part of this historic venture to bring all of these rich elements together at Pittsburgh International Airport.

“The combination of nature, technology and community form the DNA of the region and that should be reflected in the structure of the building to enhance the experience for all users and leave a memorable impression.”

The new terminal will consolidate check-in, ticketing, security and baggage operations into one connected facility, and the design will continue to be refined over the Schematic Design phase, which is expected to run through summer 2019.

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Image: Rendering of new terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport. Photo: Courtesy of Pittsburgh International Airport.

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