A total makeover for La Guardia Airport has been a painfully long time coming, but facility owner Port Authority has finally leapt into action at the urging of state and local officials. The renderings above and below, published by the New York Post, reveal a swoopy, contemporary Central Terminal Building with a light-filled spacious interior. An important note: the new design leaves room for a direct subway line. (Maybe an N train extension?) Now, these pretty visuals aren't associated with any bidder's plans, but are rather idealized visions to be planted in our brains by Joe Sitt-led advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance. Nevertheless, it's nice to dream, and there are currently three major teams who have responded to Port Authority's official Request for Qualifications, which Crain's calls "a high-powered collection of airport operators, construction companies and financial firms." The authority is expected to pick a winner this spring, who would then undertake the $2.5 billion redevelopment with a projected completion date of 2021.
Even as Port Authority announces a winner, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that the airport's overhaul is "the most complicated construction project in the country" because of the complex financing, design, and construction work ahead. The end result will, everyone hopes, be a 35-gate hub that can handle 17.5 million passengers a year by 2030.
· Bid/Proposal Advertisements: LGA-CTB [Port Authority]
· Request for Qualifications: Central Terminal Building Replacement Project [Port Authority; warning: PDF!]
· Renderings show an updated LaGuardia [NYP]
· All La Guardia Airport coverage [Curbed]