Pittsburgh International Terminal Modernization Program Gets Jump Start

Board Approves $18.5 Million to Start Designing, Planning Ahead of Schedule

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Pittsburgh International Airport is ramping up for the $1.1 billion Terminal Modernization Program.

The board approved Friday $18.5 million more for the 2018 budget dedicated to starting the planning process in addition to the $7.3 million already allocated.

The planning was initially slated to start in October this year and last through 2019, but the airport’s senior vice president of engineering, planning and capital development Paul Hoback told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News Friday they wanted to expand the process.

“We’re actually going to extend and expand the design time because we wants to make sure we get this design right,” Hoback said.

“So we’re not actually moving the whole program up. We’ll still be completing it in the April of 2023 timeframe,” Hoback explained. “We’re just expanding the time that we’re going to be designing the project.”

The design and planning will now start around July of this year. Hoback says the airport is still in the process of procuring a design firm, but officials have narrowed the list down to four candidates.

Carnegie Mellon University has also partnered with the airport to assist in the program and bring new technology to the plans.

The project will eliminate the landside terminal and tram, but will add a sensory room for travelers on the autism spectrum.