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Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Breaks Ground

October 19, 2021
Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader Gunnar Hubbard, left, and Senior Associate Lee Fritz at the groundbreaking for the Pittsburgh International Airport Modernization in Pennsylvania. Thornton Tomasetti
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Pittsburgh International Airport Modernization in Pennsylvania. Thornton Tomasetti
Pittsburgh International Airport Modernization in Pennsylvania. Courtesy Gensler + HDR in association with luis vidal + architects
Pittsburgh International Airport Modernization in Pennsylvania. Courtesy Gensler + HDR in association with luis vidal + architects
Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal Modernization in Pennsylvania. Courtesy Gensler + HDR in association with luis vidal + architects

Construction on Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program took off with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 14 attended by members of our structural engineering and sustainability teams. The project’s centerpiece is a new, high-tech 700,000-square-foot terminal designed by Gensler and HDR in association with luis vidal + architects North America. Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering, sustainability, performance-based fire engineering and security services.

Designed with an emphasis on passenger comfort, efficiency, public health and sustainability, the terminal will consolidate all operations starting from check-in all the way to baggage claim. An adjacent complex will have a 3,300-space parking garage, rental car facilities and new roadways. The terminal’s distinct undulating roof takes its design cues from the surrounding rolling hill landscape and is supported on efficient tree-shaped columns. Openings in between the ribbon-like lightweight long-span roof will allow natural light into the terminal. Other biophilic design elements include indoor and outdoor green plazas and waiting areas. A minimum of 75 percent of waste generated during construction will be recycled or reused.

The ETA for the modernization program, which is targeting a minimum of LEED Silver, is early 2025.