Terminal B at $8B LaGuardia Project Nearly Complete


Work is continuing at the $8 billion LaGuardia International Airport project at LaGuardia Gateway Partners recently released a Fall 2020 update for the $4 billion Terminal B.

Some 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.

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—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.

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.

Delta’s $4 billion part of the project takes place at Terminals C and D and began in 2017 and parts have been completed. Terminal B took up the other $4 billion. (Its first 18-gate new concourse opened in December 2018.)

In October 2019, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Board of Commissioners approved the investment of approximately $4.5 billion for projects that aim to accommodate the continued record passenger growth at three of the Port’s major airports, which included LaGuardia.

Most recently, last month, Cuomo announced plans for a “supercharged” reopening of New York City, which involves a fast-track for multiple infrastructure plans, including the work at LaGuardia.

In addition to the governor’s announcement, Delta Air Lines also recently revealed that it’s looking to finish construction “much, much sooner” than originally planned, taking advantage of reduced airport traffic amid the COVID-10 pandemic.

The initial plan was to work on one concourse at the time in order to preserve gate capacity and limit the impact on travelers. With capacity less of an issue, however, more than one concourse can be redeveloped at the same time.

The Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall opened in June and serves American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Air Canada. The 850,000-square-foot, four-story terminal is also home to 17 concessions of New York-based businesses as well as four permanent public at installations commissioned by the Public Art Fund.

What Now

According to LCP, Terminal B is now 80% complete.

Updates for other facets of the project include:

  • Work is progressing on the Central Hall, which will connect the new Terminal B to the new Terminal C. Glass panel installation at North and South curtain walls is complete. Trim work and interior framing work aare ongoing.
  • For the Western Concourse, the first seven gates (of 17 total) are open to the public. Work is continuing on the second phase, which will include the remaining 10 gates. Pile driving is complete and work is underway to frame and pour the foundations. Steel erection should was slated to begin at the end of October.
  • Demolition of the C gates within the decommissioned Central Terminal B was completed in October.
  • Work is also progressing on demolishing the Terminal Building, moving from west to east. The expectation is currently that the remaining portion of the decommissioned terminal building will be removed by the end of the year.  

In addition, a 450-foot-long pedestrian bridge is in the works to connect two new concourses to Terminal B. According to ENR, the steel trusses are fortified by customized, molded glass-fiber-reinforced gypsum or glass-fiber-reinforced concrete segments.


Tagged categories: Airports; Maintenance + Renovation; Mass transit; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Public Transit; Terminals

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