Terminal modernization program revealed for Pittsburgh International Airport

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Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA), the operator of Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania, has unveiled the design concepts for its new Terminal Modernization Program.

Designed by architects Gensler and HDR in association with luis vidal + architects, the new terminal will be built adjacent to the current airside facility between Concourses C and D, with work scheduled for completion in 2023.

“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,” said Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis.

“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 firms, which were awarded the design contract in July 2018, have been studying the Pittsburgh region and taking their inspiration directly from the rolling hills and rivers, neighborhoods and communities, and new economic diversity that has led to Pittsburgh’s re-emergence over the past few decades.

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

“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 concept design currently features separate levels for departing and arriving passengers and a non-public level for building systems such as baggage belts; additional space for an expanded TSA checkpoint; shorter walking distances for arriving and departing domestic and international passengers; indoor and outdoor green plazas and gathering spaces; and additional space for concessions, artwork and other amenities.

Ty Osbaugh, aviation leader and principal at Gensler, said, “We will continue working to further refine this concept that draws on the best features of the region, reflects its transformation and considers the future of aviation. This concept allows for a more modern, adaptable facility that will truly reflect and belong to Pittsburgh.”

To watch a fly through video of the Pittsburgh Airport terminal modernization program, click here.

Interested in airport development and modernization? Check out the ‘Airport Design, Planning & Development stream at the Passenger Terminal Conference, which takes place during Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London. To hear more from Gensler, catch principal Keith Thompson’s appearance on the ‘audiovisual future of the passenger terminal experience‘ panel discussion.

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