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Airport Authority Unveils New Terminal Designs

Terminal designed to ease travel, opening in 2023.


The Allegheny County Airport Authority has unveiled its concept for a new terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The terminal is scheduled to open in 2023, between concourses C and D. The airport authority says the design is inspired by "nature, technology and community" or NaTeCo, and was developed in a joint venture of architectural and engineering firms Gensler and HDR in association with luis vidal + architects.

"This is a facility that truly reflects the growing Pittsburgh region and the renaissance that is ongoing here, including at the airport," said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. "The story of this airport is really a story about moving our region forward - about creating new jobs, retaining ones that are already here and maximizing our assets for the highest and best use for our citizens without saddling local taxpayers with the bill."

According to the Pittsburgh Terminal Modernization project, the current layout at PIT is designed for connecting passengers. Now that the airport is an "Orgin & Departure" market, the layout is less efficient.

While subject to change, the concept design currently features:

  • Separate levels for departing and arriving passengers and a non-public level for building systems such as baggage belts
  • Additional space for an expanded TSA checkpoint
  • Shorter walking distances for arriving and departing domestic and international passengers
  • Indoor and outdoor green plazas and gathering spaces
  • Additional space for concessions, artwork and other amenities
  • Planning for technological improvements and more automated systems
  • Emphasis on sustainability

"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.

Pittsburgh International Airport reports serving more than 9.5 million passengers annually on 17 carriers.

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