The Pittsburgh International Airport will be the first in the world to have its own microgrid, which will be powered by thousands of solar panels and natural gas sourced from the airport’s grounds.
As part of the Terminal Modernisation Programme (TMP), world-renowned technological institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and a slew of innovative Pittsburgh-based tech startups were hand-selected to revamp the terminal with passengers’ health and safety in mind.
The new 700,000 square foot terminal will completely reinvent the airport experience by modernising outdated hub facilities including across check-in, security checkpoints, and baggage claim, increasing internal area for social distancing, and introducing new green outdoor terraces airside.
There will also be a new five-story garage with over 3,000 parking spaces, a new rental car facility, and upgraded entrances.
The billion-dollar TMP, which was announced in September 2017, intends to build a consolidated terminal that not only enhances passenger experience and decreases long-term costs for airlines, but also helps the region grow by creating over 5,500 jobs.
“We take our role as a primary gateway into Pittsburgh and the region seriously,” said Christina Cassotis, CEO of Pittsburgh International Airport.
“That’s why our Smarter Airport will show, and in many cases implement, the incredible current and future innovation coming out of the region.
“The new PIT will be a destination both for travellers to and for residents of the area.”