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PIT Breaks Ground on Environmentally Sustainable Terminal

Pittsburgh International Airport (KPIT) has broken ground on a new 700,000 square-foot terminal project, marking the first terminal in the country to be built from the ground up in a post-pandemic world.The new facility will incorporate clean air technology, additional space for social distancing and 90,000 square feet of outdoor terrace space to allow access to fresh air, a rarity for U.S. airports.The new terminal will also be among the most sustainable in the industry as officials are building to LEED-certified silver or beyond. 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 generated will be recycled or reused, including concrete from existing airfield ramps that will be reused for new roads. Additional plans include rainwater harvesting and other water conservation efforts.The modernization of the terminal will cost roughly $1.4 billion, but the Airport Authority expects the project to generate $2.5 billion in total economic impact, as well as product 14,500 direct and indirect jobs. The airport hopes to source its materials locally, needing more than 12,000 tons of steel, 94,000 tons of concrete, and 354,000 square feet of wood materials. This will be among the largest infrastructure projects in the Pittsburgh region's history."As we break ground with the concrete that has been here for decades, we break ground on more than a building; we break ground on the future of travel," said Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport.Additionally, the airport announced a first-of-its-kind regional partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to proactively reduce construction site hazards and serious injuries, increase sustainability and advance an overall safer, greener construction site.The new terminal will consolidate operations, including ticketing, security checkpoints and baggage claim, dramatically improving passenger experience. Specifically, its single terminal design reduces passenger travel time by 50 percent to get from the curb to airside. The multi-modal complex includes a new 3,300-space parking garage, rental car facilities and entrance roadways, all designed to improve the passenger experience.The new facilities are scheduled to open in early 2025.
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