News | Dec 12, 2018 | Arora
LaGuardia’s Terminal B Opens Primary Gates and Wins World Architecture News Award
Image courtesy of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
LaGuardia Airport’s (LGA) Terminal B recently won the 2018 World Architecture News (WAN) Award for “Future Projects: Transport.” The new 35-gate terminal is part of a larger $8 billion, 2.7 million square-foot revitalization project that will significantly enhance the passenger experience at one of the busiest airports in the country.
LGA opened Terminal B’s first 11 gates to the public earlier this month. The 250,000 square-foot concourse now includes a state-of-the-art design, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an indoor park, as well as more comfortable gate areas with multiple charging stations, a private nursing room, family-friendly restrooms, and more modernized customer amenities and dining options. According to New York YIMBY, upon its completion, the terminal will have “dual pedestrian bridges over active plane taxi lanes, and views of the Manhattan skyline with the help of a connecting main departures and arrivals hall that will open in 2020.”
As LGA has long been ranked among the worst airports in the US, several reviews of the new concourse express a positive outlook for LGA’s future. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the airport’s transformation will provide travelers with a “global gateway that is worthy of the State of New York.”
Arora is very proud to be providing Fire/Life Safety engineering services for the project as a subconsultant to the Skanska Walsh Design/Build Joint Venture team with HOK as the lead architect. Click here to learn how Arora is designing a variety of fire protection systems to accommodate the terminal’s diversity of hazards and physical configuration, the most challenging being the two pedestrian “fly-over” bridges discussed above.