Pittsburgh International Airport has broken ground on a $1.4 billion tech-forward terminal totaling 700,000 square feet that will be the first airport terminal in the country to be built from the ground up since the pandemic.
Built with a focus on public health and technology, the new facility will incorporate clean-air technology, more space for social distancing and 90,000 square feet of outdoor terrace space — both before and after security checkpoints.
It will be powered by the airport's microgrid, which is fueled by 10,000 solar panels and five natural-gas generators. During construction, a minimum of 75 percent of waste will be recycled or reused, including concrete from existing airfield ramps that will be reused for new roads. Other plans include rainwater harvesting and other water-conservation efforts.
“The new terminal program is a critical infrastructure project for the region and will deliver long-term economic benefits, including jobs for mor