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Part of $8B LaGuardia Work to Open in Fall

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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New York City’s $8 billion LaGuardia Airport overhaul will soon see a major milestone: According to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the first new Delta terminal concourse (one of four) will open in the fall.

"This new milestone in LaGuardia's transformation brings us another step closer in converting the airport into a world-class flight hub in line with New York standards," Cuomo said.

"Our collaboration with Delta in the development of this concourse and the new LaGuardia terminal is another demonstration of the effectiveness of public-private partnerships at work to modernize our state's infrastructure."    

Project Background

In July of 2015, Cuomo revealed a massive plan to remake LaGuardia Airport from the ground up—rebuilding Terminals B, C and D—totaling 2.5 million square feet—to improve the overall impression and atmosphere for passengers and expanding exterior space to ease ground congestion.

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New York City’s $8 billion LaGuardia Airport overhaul will soon see a major milestone: According to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the first new Delta terminal concourse (one of four) will open in the fall.

At the time, the plan called for demolition and redevelopment of existing structures to make way for a new “grand entryway” 600 feet closer to the Grand Central Parkway, the main highway serving the airport.

Partners in the project include the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) and Delta Airlines—who are both planning on leasing their terminals from the Port Authority until 2050. LGP is composed of a number of firms, including:

  • Vantage Airport Group—which manages nine airports across three continents and has transitioned 19 airports from public to private management;
  • Skanska and Walsh Construction—construction joint venture;
  • HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff—design joint venture; and
  • Vantage, Skanska and Meridiam—a global infrastructure investment fund.

The Port Authority is providing roughly 50% of the funding for the project, with the private partners kicking in the remainder.

The work is also going on while the airport maintains full operations, which means accommodating 100,000 passengers on its busiest days.

In addition to the terminals, work includes the construction of a central utilities plant; 8 miles of road, including 20 bridges; airside facilities; and a 2,700-space parking garage. Work is being reportedly completed by 28 unions and a team of 2,400 professional and trade workers.

What Now

Delta’s $4 billion part of the project takes place at Terminals C and D and began in 2017.

In July of 2015, Cuomo revealed a massive plan to remake LaGuardia Airport from the ground up—rebuilding Terminals B, C and D—totaling 2.5 million square feet—to improve the overall impression and atmosphere for passengers and expanding exterior space to ease ground congestion.

To date, Delta's construction features 2,000 tons of steel, more than 50,000 cubic yards of concrete and more than 40 miles of piping, cabling and other infrastructure.

Terminal B is taking up the other $4 billion. (Its first 18-gate new concourse opened last December.)

"LaGuardia Airport is undergoing this massive redevelopment to ultimately offer travelers a world-class facility that New York deserves, and the opening of Delta's newest concourse at LGA will be an important next step," said Rick Cotton, Executive Director at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

"Gov. Cuomo's vision to transform this facility into a state-of-the-art airport is well on its way and we look forward to many more momentous milestones ahead."

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Renovation

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