Earlier this year, HOK participated in a Metropolis Think Tank event focused on how upgrades to major New York transit hubs including LaGuardia Airport will enhance the passenger experience.
Excerpted from Metropolis:
Some civic places are more durable than others. In New York alone, there are several enduring examples, perhaps none as vaunted as Grand Central Terminal’s grand hall. The space was on the minds of the architects from HOK, who are in the middle of renovating the city’s much-maligned LaGuardia Airport.
Before an audience at the Harvard Club in New York City, project head Robert Chicas paid homage to the reigning jewel of transit hubs: “One hundred years later, Grand Central is as relevant today as the day it was built.”
For HOK, the challenge was to create a major civic space that felt grounded in the energy and life of the city. In charge of the master plan and Terminal B, HOK envisioned a complex organized into “boroughs” connected by bridges and tunnels. Two 400-foot-long bridges spanning airplane taxiways will connect the head house to the terminals. The layout of Terminal B, which includes pocket parks, intersections, and a mix of busy and restful areas, attempts to capture some of New York’s particular urban atmosphere. Retail “neighborhoods,” play areas, and installation art will help to pass waiting times, meeting the needs of commuters, families, and tourists alike.
Panelists for the Think Tank held last February included, left to right, Stephen Beacham, director of interior design in HOK’s Washington, D.C., studio; moderator Susan S. Szenasy of Metropolis Magazine; Michael Evans, president of Moynihan Station Development Corp.; Robert Chicas, HOK’s global director of Aviation + Transportation; and Stewart Steeves, CEO of LaGuardia Gateway Partners.