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Skanska USA Opens Seven New Gates in LaGuardia Airport Terminal B

Infra News - Published on Thu, 06 Aug 2020

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Skanska USA celebrated the opening of seven new gates in the LaGuardia Airport Terminal B Western Concourse, Concourse A North, the latest achievement towards the completion of the LaGuardia Airport Terminal B redevelopment. Skanska is the lead partner of the Skanska-Walsh Joint Venture responsible for the construction and design, in partnership with HOK and WSP, of the new Terminal B. Skanska is also a founding member of LaGuardia Gateway Partners, selected in 2015 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to deliver and manage this extensive capital redevelopment project, a key component of the on going USD 8 billion transformation of LaGuardia into a unified, 21st-century airport. Servicing American Airlines, the seven new gates within the 250,000 square-foot, four-level, light-filled Western Concourse will open to the public on August 5, 2020 – one month ahead of schedule. Customers will experience soaring 55-foot high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for ample natural lighting, modern restrooms with carefully selected amenities, and an indoor park with benches, landscaping and trees.

The Terminal B Western Concourse is a near replica of the Eastern Concourse, which opened to the public in December 2018 and, by early 2021, will house a total of 18 gates with modern customer amenities, state-of-the-art architecture, and more spacious gate areas. After the Western Concourse completion, Skanska-Walsh will have delivered 35 new gates for the new Terminal B.

The Western Concourse opening follows the completion of the new Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall (Headhouse) which opened in June. The Headhouse is the central entry point for travelers flying out of Terminal B, with seamless integration to passenger concourses and gates, the new parking garage, and the forthcoming Central Hall which will connect to Terminal C and the planned future AirTrain. The building, which spans four levels, transforms the customer experience and streamlines airport operations, unimaginable with the old facility.

Skanska-Walsh recently completed the construction of 17 new roadway bridges, more than eight miles of new roadways, and will complete nearly two miles of new taxiway space that will improve aircraft circulation and reduce taxi times, associated delays, and overall carbon emissions from idling aircraft. The new roadway network will feature 16 fewer traffic lights.

In July 2018, Skanska-Walsh opened its first new flyover roadway to LaGuardia from the Grand Central Parkway’s Eastbound Exit 7, the primary roadway or overpass for vehicles accessing the airport, which greatly improved traffic flow and congestion.

The redevelopment at one of the nation’s busiest airports began in 2016 and is the largest public-private-partnership in US aviation history and one of the most complex projects ever undertaken by Skanska. Through close collaboration with the Port Authority and other stakeholders, Skanska developed a multi-phase construction plan that allowed for the ground-up construction of a brand-new terminal on a small geographic footprint, all without disrupting operations of the existing facility. Under this plan, old facilities are demolished only as new facilities are completed to ensure the airport, which handled a record 31 million passengers in 2019, never loses capacity. For example, the new Headhouse sits in the footprint of what was the old P2 Parking Garage. To make room for the Headhouse, Skanska first constructed a new, seven story Terminal B Parking Garage, which opened in February 2018, allowing for the demolition of the old facility.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 06 Aug 2020
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