News  |  Oct 23, 2023  |  Anne Keener

ABE’s Terminal Transformation: Efficiency and Innovation

Arora Engineers (Arora) was recently featured in an article by Airport Improvement entitled “New Terminal Connector/TSA Checkpoint Eliminates Passenger Flow Problems at Lehigh Valley Int’l.” Arora led the design and construction of Lehigh Valley International Airport’s (ABE) New Terminal Connector/TSA Checkpoint project.

The $35 Million, 40,000 square foot greenfield terminal expansion, known as the Terminal Modernization Project, has significantly enhanced the passenger experience at ABE. This transformation includes improved inbound and outbound passenger flow through an elevated connector, a four-lane security checkpoint equipped with advanced screening equipment, new elevators and escalators to enhance accessibility within the Wiley Terminal, as well as numerous facility and infrastructure improvements to enhance passenger comfort. These improvements comprise upgraded restrooms, a substation, an enhanced air purification system, improved air circulation, and more.

ABE’s Terminal Modernization Project was among the first national infrastructure projects to receive a grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and is the first to be successfully completed on time and within budget using these funds. Arora, along with our key partners, Airport Design Consultants (ADCI) and The Sheward Partnership, played a pivotal role in providing planning, design, and construction services for this project. The Terminal Modernization Project created three lanes for TSA Security Screening, with potential for future expansion, and a more direct connection to the Departure Terminal.

During the 43rd Annual Aviation Council of Pennsylvania (ACP) Conference, attendees had the privilege of touring the new terminal and connector on October 10th. Participants gained valuable insights into how this project was not only a priority for ABE but also for the entire region. They had the opportunity to hear from the perspective of the owner and operator, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA), on how this project was accomplished with minimal impact on operations. Furthermore, attendees learned about the opportunities pursued during both the design and construction phases, providing them with valuable takeaways for future projects.

For more details, you can read the full article by clicking here.

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