Pittsburgh International Airport Unveils Modernized Design for New Terminal

03/07/2019 By Adrian Thompson

Officials at the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) have just unveiled the design for a $1.1 billion modernization of a new terminal to join the growing Pittsburgh region. It is based on a philosophy of nature, technology and community, and is being developed by the joint venture of architectural and engineering firms Gensler and HDR, along with luis vidal + architects.

The new terminal is based on a philosophy of nature, technology and community, a concept titled NaTeCo.

Studying Pittsburgh

The firms were awarded the design contract in July 2018 and have since been studying the Pittsburgh region. The design for the new terminal, scheduled to open in 2023, takes inspiration directly from the area’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.

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Noteworthy goals for the project, known as the Terminal Modernization Program (TMP), include reducing the time it takes to get from curbside to airside by 50 percent and improving the passenger experience from curb to gate by creating a “wow” effect.

The concept design, while subject to change, currently features the following:

  • 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

One Connected Facility

The current facility was built for connecting passengers and is not ideal for today’s busy travel market, especially considering that PIT has seen four straight years of passenger growth. In 2017, the airport finished with nearly 9 million passengers, the most in a decade.

The TMP will consolidate landside and airside operations into one connected, adaptable facility. The revamped airport is expected to bring value to the region with the expected addition of 11,000 direct and indirect jobs and $1.66 billion in economic activity.

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