ACAA unveils design for terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport

22 February 2019 (Last Updated February 22nd, 2019 11:02)

Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) in Pennsylvania, US, has unveiled the design for a planned $1.1bn terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport.

ACAA unveils design for terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport
New terminal design for Pittsburgh International Airport has been unveiled. Credit: Pittsburgh International Airport.

Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) in Pennsylvania, US, has unveiled the design for a planned $1.1bn terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The concept design of the new terminal was developed by Luis Vidal of luis vidal + architects in partnership with a joint venture of architectural and engineering firms Gensler and HDR. The ACAA awarded a contract for terminal design to Gensler and HDR in July last year.

The new facility is scheduled to become operational by 2023 and will incorporate two levels, one for departures and the other for arrivals. It will be constructed adjacent to the current Airside facility between Concourses C and D.

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.

“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 maximising our assets for the highest and best use for our citizens without saddling local taxpayers with the bill.”

Besides separate arrival and departures facilities, the concept design features additional space for an expanded TSA checkpoint, shorter walking distances for arriving and departing passengers, indoor and outdoor green plazas and gathering spaces.

It also includes extra space for concessions, artwork and other amenities, plan for technological improvements and more automated systems. The design elements are subject to change, however.

The construction of the new terminal will be funded by revenue from airlines, concessions and parking fees, along with natural gas drilling.

ACAA 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 ACAA oversees the management of Pittsburgh International Airport, as well as Allegheny County Airport.