Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) unveiled designs for the next stage of its $1.4 billion airport renovation that features a dynamic bridge connecting the new landside terminal, now under construction, to the existing airside center core. The new bridge, inspired by the city’s Fort PITT Tunnel, will provide a dramatic entrance that evokes the beauty of the region while providing a strong sense of place, the airport said.
The design for the new terminal, to be completed in 2025, will have passengers entering on the second floor, above the gates, which airport officials said will create a better concessions and retail experience.
“Pittsburgh is a city with a magnificent entrance and this design, as part of our new terminal program, provides travelers with a similar experience,” said Paul Hoback, chief development officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, operator of PIT. “Capturing the essence of Pittsburgh is an important part of our new facility.”
The new terminal will also feature dynamic lighting covering the ceiling inside the bridge, with light, fresh colors in the morning and deep oranges and purples near sunset. Warm timber and ample plantings will be used throughout the interior as a nod to the region’s natural surroundings.
Once passengers reach the end of the tunnel, the center core will expand into full view as new escalators guide them to the gate level.