We are thrilled to announce our latest project: the new Pittsburgh International Airport terminal.

BrightTree Studios will join architects Gensler, HDR, and Luis Vidal + Architects, along with a handful of local firms, for the design vision of the world-class terminal.

With a $1 billion budget and well-equipped team of design experts, the terminal is set to be completed in 2023. The plan contains many exciting changes that’ll transform, simplify, and optimize the pre- and post-flight experience at PIT. For now, here’s what we can tell you:

  • The new terminal will replace the airport’s current landside building (for ticketing, security, and baggage claim).
  • The tram between the landside and airside buildings will be removed.
  • The 75 existing gates will be reduced to 51.
  • We’re looking into creating a calming room (with features like swings, custom lighting, and textured surfaces) to offer a comforting pre-flight space for passengers on the autism spectrum or with other special needs, making PIT the third airport in the world to offer such a space.
  • Additional considerations for passengers with dementia and visual impairments are being made.
  • A new, 3,000-space parking garage will accompany the new terminal.
  • By applying a philosophy of reduction to the terminal’s design, we plan to expedite every function of the airport, making the pre- and post-flight experience more efficient, intuitive, and comfortable for both passengers and airlines.

“We are confident that we have assembled a world-class team with the vision, knowledge and experience necessary to work with all of our partners in building Pittsburgh’s airport,” Christina Cassotis, the airport authority chief executive, said in a statement.

This is our firm’s biggest project to date, and first designs are due out in early 2019. So we say go big or go home, right?

You can leave the going big to us, and we promise we’ll get you where you’re going. Stay tuned for updates through 2019 and beyond!