First Look: Pittsburgh International Airport Unveils New Design

Roof of new terminal will reflect Pittsburgh's rolling hills

Joe DeStio
February 20, 2019 - 2:31 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority board has approved a design concept for a $1.1 Billion terminal modernization project. The new terminal, to be built between the C and D Concourses, features a rolling roof line designed by architect Luis Vidal. He told reporters it’s meant to reflect the region’s rolling hills.

“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,” said Vidal.

The design has two levels, departing passengers on the upper story with airline check-in and security. Arriving passengers on the lower level with a meet and greet area and baggage. Airport CEO Christina Cassotis says the meet and greet area is unique to Pittsburgh. She says the terminal will also have an observation deck for visitors to watch planes arrive and depart.

Other design concepts include an expanded TSA checkpoint, shorter walking distances for passengers and visitors, indoor and outdoor green plazas, and additional space for concessions, artwork, and other amenities.

Pittsburgh-based architects Gensler and HDR are also involved in the design with Vidal.

Cassotis said they hope to have 30 percent of the design complete by the end of July. At that point the authority plans to have a final budget. The authority will go to the bond market this fall. It’s hoped some construction can start this year. Completion is targeted for 2023.

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