PITTSBURGH, PA — As part of a board meeting and the annual State of the Airport event, the Allegheny County Airport Authority Board of Directors approved a concept design for the Terminal Modernization Program at Pittsburgh International Airport. The new terminal will be built adjacent to the current Airside facility between Concourses C and D and is scheduled to open in 2023.
The design is based on a philosophy of nature, technology and community — NaTeCo — developed over the past seven months by the design team joint venture of architectural and engineering firms Gensler and HDR in association with Luis Vidal + architects.
“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.”
Specifics of the design for the new terminal that consolidates check-in, ticketing, security and baggage operations into one connected facility, including square footages, will continue to be refined over the next phase of the project — Schematic Design — which is expected to run through summer 2019.
While subject to change, 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
- Additional space for concessions, artwork and other amenities
- Planning for technological improvements and more automated systems
- Emphasis on sustainability
“We have worked very hard and 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,” said Ty Osbaugh, Aviation Leader and Principal at Gensler. “This concept allows for a more modern, adaptable facility that will truly reflect and belong to Pittsburgh.”
“The Pittsburgh region is unique and this modernization program will add another signature piece of infrastructure that represents our character and values as well as positions our region for continued growth and success in the future,” said Bill Peduzzi, Vice President and Aviation Director at HDR, which will handle the engineering implementation of the design.