Airport Authority Unveils Plans For Terminal Redesign

Feb 20, 2019

Pittsburgh International Airport's terminal redesign plan was unveiled Wednesday, and is expected to be approved by the Allegheny County Airport Authority Board of Directors at a special noon meeting. 

The design features separate levels for departing and arriving passengers, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, an extended security checkpoint and a shorter walk for arriving and departing passengers.

The terminal is slated to open in 2023.

This is part of a $1.1 billion airport overhaul that was announced in 2017. The overall plan includes getting rid of PIT's train and streamlining the baggage retrieval process.

A mock-up for PIT's plaza space.
Credit Pittsburgh International Airport

"In considering this design, we looked at function first, then form, to construct a building that will be both iconic, practical and affordable," said Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis.

Spanish architect Luis Vidal and his firm designed the terminal. The firm, luis vidal + architects, has contributed designs to other airports including Heathrow in London and the Colorado Air and Space Port in Watkins, Colo.

Promotional materials for the terminal say it takes inspiration from nature, technology and community, a concept officials are calling "NaTeCo."

"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," Vidal said.

The next phase of the project will nail down the specifics for the design which will consolidate baggage operations, check-in, ticketing and security. This work is expected to last through the summer.