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31 October 2017

Conde Nast Traveler: Exploring HOK’s Design for LaGuardia Airport’s New Central Terminal B

Led by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the new Central Terminal B will feature innovative air bridges and indoor pocket parks for passengers.

Excerpted from Conde Nast Traveler:

Concourse B, the first of two gleaming new concourses at the Central Terminal (replacing the existing web of four narrow concourses), will open in late summer 2018. Airline tenants are likely to include Southwest, Air Canada, and other airlines currently in that wing of the building, according to sources. In contrast to the current digs, the new gate areas will feature 25-foot high ceilings, with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in some much-needed natural light. Among some of the other passenger-friendly features: nap pods, individual work stations, and a web of wayfinders and beacons that will give fliers more accurate information on their location and walking distances from services—not to mention estimate of how long they’ll wait at security.

In addition to the usual lounges and restaurants, each concourse will also have what Ed Baklor, chief commercial officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners, describes as a “New York-style pocket park,” with live vegetation, playgrounds, juice and coffee stalls, and roaming customer service agents. Walls will exhibit works by New York artists.

Early 2020: Think of this as the “new” LaGuardia’s debut. This is when fliers will first be able to walk on innovative air bridges: these 80-foot-high structures will link concourses with a mezzanine-level departures area, check-in lobby, and new retail shopping and dining area just beyond security. The air bridges will afford travelers two distinct views; one, as they cross over the glassed-in bridges, they’ll look down on the taxiing jets below, and, on the western-facing bridge, they’ll have an unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline in the distance.

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