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PIT Gets Approval For New Terminal, Part Of $1.1 Billion Upgrade

The Allegheny County Airport Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday approved a new terminal for Pittsburgh International (PIT). The new facility will be built between the airport’s C and D concourses as part of its $1.1 billion modernization program.

The new terminal, developed by the design team joint venture of architectural and engineering firms Gensler and HDR in association with luis vidal + architects, is set to open in 2023 and will feature separate levels for departing and arriving passengers, additional space for an expanded TSA checkpoint and a non-public level for systems such as baggage handling.

The new terminal will also consolidate check-in, ticketing, security and baggage operations into one connected facility. The design, which is still subject to further refinement, currently features indoor and outdoor green plazas and gathering spaces, additional space for concessions, artwork and other amenities and increased automation and technology, all with an emphasis on sustainability.

“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,” said Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “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.”

The architecture and design firms, which were awarded the design contract in July 2018, have been studying the Pittsburgh region. They said their inspiration stems from the city’s rolling hills and rivers, neighborhoods and communities, and new economic diversity that has led to Pittsburgh’s re-emergence over the past few decades.

“I’m 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 president at luis vidal + architects. “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.”

Ty Osbaugh, Gensler aviation leader/principal, said the firms 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. This concept allows for a more modern, adaptable facility that will truly reflect and belong to Pittsburgh.”

Pittsburgh International Airport currently serves more than 9.5 million passengers annually on 17 carriers.