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LaGuardia Airport - Central Terminal B Redevelopment

  • Skanska is proud to lead the design and construction of the first new US airport in 20 years.
  • The first of its kind in the world, LaGuardia Central will feature dual pedestrian bridges spanning active aircraft taxi lanes, allowing for improved aircraft circulation and gate flexibility.
  • Pedestrian bridges will connect the Central Terminal with Concourses A and B, providing travelers a unique view of taxiing aircraft.
  • The more than 1.3 million square feet of the new Central Terminal Building will be flooded with natural light and feature exciting food, retail and beverage options for passengers.

Visionary Project – First Phase

Skanska is leading the design and construction of the LaGuardia Central project, a public-private partnership between LaGuardia Gateway Partners and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The project is the beginning of a new vision for the overall redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport. It will improve the traveling experience for millions of people and it will be a major economic generator for the region.

Expediting Critical Infrastructure

Under an innovative public-private partnership — the largest in the United States — LaGuardia Gateway Partners will design, build, operate and maintain the Central Terminal B facility. The public-private partnership contract includes taking over operations of the existing Central Terminal Building and designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining a new replacement terminal for a lease term through 2050. The project will be financed using equity, debt, passenger facility charges, retail, and airline revenues. As part of the public-private partnership, the risk of cost overruns or schedule delays in the LaGuardia project will be transferred from the Port Authority to LaGuardia Gateway Partners.

Major modernization and redevelopment

LaGuardia Airport opened to the public in 1964 with a design capacity of 8 million annual air passengers. Today, Terminal B annually serves more than 14 million passengers. This project will position LaGuardia Airport to meet the needs of the 21st Century. Specific components include:

  • A new Terminal B
  • A Central Hall designed to unify the Airport
  • A new West Garage
  • A pedestrian walkway connection  between  the  new  Terminal  B  and  the  new West Garage
  • A new central heating and refrigeration plant
  • A consolidated receiving and warehouse distribution facility
  • A new hydrant aircraft fueling infrastructure located within the new Terminal B contiguous aircraft ramp areas (collectively, the “New Terminal B Facilities”).
  • The design and construction of:
    - Improvements  to  the  public  airport  roads  and  utilities  associated  with  such roadway improvements
    - Replacement  utilities  and  new  utilities  serving  the  New  Terminal  B  Facilities
    - Associated  toll  plaza  for the new West Garage serving  the  New  Terminal B Facilities
    - Airfield  modifications  between  the  New  Terminal  B  Facilities  and  the  adjacent taxiways
  • A building fit-out for relocation of Port Authority operations.

Timeline for project

Preferred Bidder Selection: May 2015
Governor Cuomo Unveils Vision for LaGuardia Airport: July 2015
Lease Authorization: March 2016
Commencement: 1 June 2016
Operate & Maintain Terminal: 1 June 2016 to 30 December 2050

Innovative Design

LaGuardia Central reflects recommendations from New York Governor Cuomo’s Airport Advisory Panel, including the new light-filled Central Entry Hall, which will connect Terminals B and C and unify the airport for the first time. By constructing the new terminal closer to the Grand Central Parkway, it will increase airport taxiways and reduce airport ground delays.

World-Class Consortium

LaGuardia Gateway Partners is composed of Skanska, Vantage Airport Group and Meridiam for development and equity investment; Skanska-Walsh as the design build joint venture; HOK and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff for design; and Vantage Airport Group for management of the operations. LaGuardia Gateway Partners’ members have worked on more than 350 aviation and transportation projects globally and domestically, including international airports in New York (John F. Kennedy), Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Chile, and The Bahamas.


Michael Iacovella
Senior Director, Communications Northeast
Skanska USA Inc.
Niklas Franck
Senior Director, Communications & Marketing


Service: Construction
Mark segment: Aviation
Start date: 2015
Completion date: 2050
Clients: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Country: United States
City: New York
Project status: Ongoing