Authority OKs design concept for Pittsburgh airport’s terminal modernization

The Pittsburgh International Airport is preparing to begin a major modernization project to meet the changing needs of airlines, passengers and the travel industry.

On Feb. 20, the Allegheny County Airport Authority approved a visionary concept design for the Terminal Modernization Program at the airport.

The concept design for the new terminal will built adjacent to the current Airside facility between Concourses C and D. The design is based on a unique philosophy of nature, technology and community 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,” Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said in a statement. “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.”

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.

Initial groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for late 2019 with project completion set for 2023.

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 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.”

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