Pittsburgh Airport to undergo modern makeover

The Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, has approved a visionary concept design for Pittsburgh International Airport’s terminal modernisation programme.

Based on an exciting philosophy which combines nature, technology and the local community, the visionary concept has been developed over the last seven months by the design team joint venture of architectural and engineering firms Gensler and HDR in association with luis vidal + architects. According to the Allegheny Count Airport Authority’s CEO, Christina Cassotis, the aim is 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 new terminal will be built to integrate seamlessly into the existing airside facility and is scheduled to open in 2023.  Specifics of the design for the new terminal that consolidates check-in, ticketing, security and baggage operations into one connected facility, will continue to be refined over the next phase of the project, which is expected to run through summer 2019.

Creating new opportunities

“This is a facility that truly reflects the growing Pittsburgh region and the renaissance that is ongoing here, including at the airport,” said county executive Rich Fitzgerald. “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 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.

Design inspiration

Founder and executive president at luis vidal + architects, 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.” He added that “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 local community has been engaged in the design process by forming programme advisory and best practice working groups to solicit input and feedback about features of the new terminal. Outreach events and surveys have been conducted and the airport authority’s team will continue to seek input on the new terminal throughout the schematic design phase.

“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.”

Bill Peduzzi, vice president and aviation director at HDR, which will handle the engineering implementation of the design, said “the Pittsburgh region is unique and this modernisation 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.”

Image: Renderings courtesy of Gensler + HDR in association with Luis Vidal + architects

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