LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B symbolizes the top-to-bottom transformation of one of the nation’s highest-profile terminals. The design draws on the architecture, history and geography of New York.
Grand-scaled sequences—reminiscent of Grand Central Station—include 60-foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Majestic pedestrian bridges connect the Arrivals and Departures Hall to island concourses and free up valuable taxiway for aircraft. The bridges double as a metaphor for New York, a city of islands and bridges, and provide stunning, panoramic views of Manhattan.
The team utilized custom patterned Tarkett Powerbond Hybrid Resilient to accentuate the design elements of the project. Linear patterning was used to encourage traffic flow and emulate the city sky scape on the bridges to the concourses. Graphic textures were incorporated to help hide the heavy traffic and wear throughout.
As the world’s first airport to earn LEED v4 Gold certification, Terminal B sets new standards for sustainability and resilience in civil infrastructure. Extensive daylighting and a solar thermal system reduce energy consumption. Strategic placement of operational systems (above flood levels or protected in underground concrete), ensure the terminal remains functional during major storm events.
LaGuardia Gateway Partners won the bid from the Port Authority of NY and NJ to redevelop Terminal B, with HOK and WSP for design.