Seven new gates are now complete within the Western Concourse of LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B. The announcement represents a major milestone of an ongoing redevelopment project valued at around $8 billion.
Skanska USA is the lead partner of the Skanska-Walsh Joint Venture responsible for both construction and design. Additional members of the project team include global design studio HOK and engineering consultants WSP USA.
The Western Concourse comprises four floors with a total footprint of 250,000 square feet. The seven gates as well as the concourse are expected to debut to the public on August 5, 2020, one full month ahead of schedule. In addition to the new gates, the concourse also offers an indoor park with benches, light landscaping, updated restrooms, 55-foot ceiling spans, and floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the space in natural light.
“We are thrilled to celebrate another significant milestone at LaGuardia Airport, our largest and one of the most complex projects in Skanska’s history,” said Richard Kennedy, president and CEO, Skanska USA. “Opening these gates ahead of schedule with an exceptional safety performance is a testament to the diligence and tireless dedication of our team, subcontractors, and partners—an exceptional feat in light of a global pandemic.”
This latest milestone follows the completion of the new Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall, referred to as Headhouse, which opened in June 2020. Headhouse serves as the central entry point for travelers flying out of Terminal B, a new parking garage, and the forthcoming Central Hall, which will connect to Terminal C and a new AirTrain network.
By early 2021, the Terminal B Western Concourse will house a total of 18 gates. The seven most recently completed gates will service American Airlines.
“Today’s opening of the first seven new gates in Terminal B’s Western Concourse is part of 18 months of fast progress as we near the finish line of the complete transformation of LaGuardia Airport,” said Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s vision and leadership, construction of A Whole New LaGuardia Airport continues full speed ahead with this summer’s opening of the new Arrivals and Departures Hall, the early opening of the new concourse and gates, and completion of nearly 75 percent of all roadway work due to the reduction in traffic.”