PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh International Airport will undergo a major transformation over the next few years, and for the first time we are looking at the future of Pittsburgh Airport.
The $ 1.1 billion terminal concepts to be built at the airport were unveiled on Wednesday.
WEB EXTRA: Design of the new Pittsburgh International Airport –
The new terminal will be tucked into one of the wings of the airside building and will be used for check-in, security and luggage removal.
By now moving the new terminal adjacent to the airside terminal, it will eliminate trains, the lazy baggage storage system and allow for a larger parking garage.
It will be built between halls C and D. Click here to see the general plan of the site.
"This is a facility that truly reflects the growth of the Pittsburgh area and the ongoing renaissance here at the airport," said County Manager Rich Fitzgerald.
The new terminal is expected to open in 2023.
"This new terminal, inspired by the beauty, the renaissance of technology and the people of our region will seamlessly integrate into the beautiful design of the existing Airside Terminal," said Christina Cassotis, Executive Director of the Airport Authority. "When reviewing this design, we first examined the function, then the shape, in order to build a building at once iconic, practical and affordable, that can be easily adapted to the environment. evolution of technology and transportation needs of our community.
Airport officials said the last level of the new terminal would be reserved for departures.
Passengers arriving are at the bottom and go from the boarding gate to the meeting area to get to the baggage claim.
In addition, airport officials announced that the new terminal would include:
- Additional Space for an Extended TSA Control Point
- Shorter distances for domestic and international passengers arriving and departing
- Green Place and indoor and outdoor gathering spaces
- Additional space for concessions, works of art and others
- Planning for technological improvements and more automated systems
- Focus on sustainability
Baggage claim and terminal design will allow a lot of natural light.
Airport officials have pointed out in the past that no local taxpayer money would be used for the project.
The project will be financed by bonds using revenues from airlines, concessions, car parks and natural gas drilling.
Executive Director Christina Cassotis insists Western Pennsylvans will help build the new terminal.
"Local businesses will be represented here. That's how you build the Pittsburgh Airport. You let the Pittsburgh build it, "said Cassotis.
The airport board will meet Wednesday afternoon to approve the new designs and then officially unveil them Wednesday night.
The concepts are a joint venture involving the Gensler and HDR architecture and engineering companies, respectively, in association with luis vidal + architects.
"I am 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 chairman of Luis Vidal + Architects. "The combination of nature, technology and community is the DNA of the region and this should be reflected in the
the building structure to enhance the experience of all users and leave a memorable impression. "