LaGuardia Airport — Reaching New Heights

$4.2 billion expansion project adds new terminal and parking garage to LaGuardia Airport.

📅   Fri January 06, 2017 - Northeast Edition #1
Jennifer Rupp


The project includes a new 35-gate Terminal B, Central Hall, West garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure.
The project includes a new 35-gate Terminal B, Central Hall, West garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure.
The project includes a new 35-gate Terminal B, Central Hall, West garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure. During construction, the existing terminal will remain fully operational and flights will not be affected. New facilities will begin opening in 2018, with scheduled substantial completion in 2022. The $4 billion public-private partnership is one of the largest for new transportation infrastructure in the United States and is financed using equity, debt and revenues. A view from Hanger 2 of demolition and site prep for LaGuardia Central. Construction of Toll Plazas 4 and 5, now open. Originally opened in 1964, LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B currently serves the majority of the airport’s airlines and more than 14 million passengers per year, although the terminal was built to accommodate 8 million. Key features of the new LaGuardia Central include pedestrian bridges over the active taxi lanes with sweeping views of the airfield and the Manhattan skyline beyond. The first of its kind in the world, LaGuardia Central will feature dual pedestrian bridges spanning active aircraft taxi lanes, allowing for improved aircraft circulation and gate flexibility.

Vice President Joseph Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo ceremoniously kicked off the $4.2 billion construction of a new 1.3-million-square-foot Terminal B building at LaGuardia Airport in Queens on June 14th.

The project includes a new 35-gate Terminal B, Central Hall, West garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure. During construction, the existing terminal will remain fully operational and flights will not be affected. New facilities will begin opening in 2018, with scheduled substantial completion in 2022. The $4 billion public-private partnership is one of the largest for new transportation infrastructure in the United States and is financed using equity, debt and revenues.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners is the private partner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to deliver LaGuardia Central Terminal B, promising world-class facilities for passengers and airlines. LaGuardia Central is a public-private partnership that includes finance, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B, with a lease term through 2050.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners is composed of Vantage Airport Group, Skanska and Meridiam for development and equity investment; Skanska-Walsh as the design build joint venture; HOK and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff for design; and Vantage Airport Group for management of the operations. LaGuardia Gateway Partners' members have worked on more than 350 aviation and transportation projects globally and domestically, including international airports in New York (John F. Kennedy), Chicago, Doha, Delhi, Los Angeles, Santiago and Nassau.

“LaGuardia Gateway Partners is working with the Port Authority to realize Governor Cuomo's vision for a new LaGuardia,” commented Stewart Steeves, chief executive officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners. “We are committed to delivering this project on time and within budget, while keeping communities engaged and informed. Our focus on delivering a great customer experience is rooted in knowing that an airport terminal is the first and last experience a passenger may have when visiting a city and region. We will build and operate a facility that New Yorkers can be proud of.”

Demolition on the P2 Garage — where the future headhouse will be built — began in August 2016 while construction on the West Parking Garage began in September 2016. Construction on Concourse B also has begun.

“The West parking garage is the largest component designed and currently under construction,” noted Miles Hilder of Edelman, the public relations firm representing the project. Crews also are working on demolition, utilities and temporary work to facilitate overall construction.

The more than 1.3 million sq. ft. (1.2 million sq. m) of the new Central Terminal B is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification for sustainable design, a designation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council. CEG

For more information, visit www.laguardiagatewaypartners.com.