Designs revealed for Pittsburgh airport renovation

The design concepts for the modernization of the Pittsburgh International Airport have been revealed. Photo courtesy Gensler
The design concepts for the modernization of the Pittsburgh International Airport have been revealed.
Photo courtesy Gensler

The concept designs for the $1.1 billion modernization of the Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania have been revealed. The new terminal will combine landside and airside operations into one adaptable facility.

The designs were developed by joint venture of architectural and engineering firms Gensler and HDR in association with Luis Vidal + Architects (LVA). The firms studied the Pittsburgh region and took inspiration from the rolling hills and rivers, neighborhoods, and communities.

“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,” said airport authority CEO Christina Cassotis.

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 (Transportation Security Administration) TSA checkpoint;
  • shorter walking distances for 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; and
  • emphasis on sustainability.

The airport authority has engaged the community in the design process by forming program advisory and best practice working groups to solicit input and feedback about features of the new terminal. The team will continue to seek input on the new terminal throughout the schematic design phase.

The new terminal will be built adjacent to the current airside facility between concourses C and D and scheduled to open in 2023.

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