The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announces that Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport has won the 2021 UNESCO Versailles Prize, the global award for architecture and design, for the best new airport in the world. This prestigious award fulfills the agency’s promise to transform what was once considered the country’s worst airport into a world-class facility that ranks among the best in the country.
“Almost everyone thought it was impossible. Since building a brand new LaGuardia began five years ago, we’ve promised an airport that would go from worst to best, taking its place among the best airports in the world. It is no longer a promise, it is an achievement confirmed by a panel of international judges. From cutting-edge architectural design and world-class amenities to inspiring public art and cutting-edge technology, LaGuardia Terminal B is leading the transformation of our airports to best-in-class, ”said Rick Cotton, Director executive of the port authority.
“The Versailles Prize is a testament to the vision and hard work of the Port Authority and our private partners at LaGuardia Gateway Partners. And we haven’t finished yet. With Delta’s Terminal C opening at LaGuardia next year, a world-class 21st century Terminal A in Newark also slated to open next year, and an almost $ 15 billion transformation underway at JFK, we are transforming our airports from the back-pack to the world-class, ”said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole.
“We are honored to receive the UNESCO Versailles World Architecture and Design Award,” said Frank Scremin, CEO of LaGuardia Gateway Partners, developer and manager of Terminal B. “Our vision was to elevate and completely transform the experience of Terminal B, by incorporating world-class public art, sought-after amenities, iconic architecture and cutting-edge technology. We are proud to be recognized as the best airport by the UNESCO panel of judges and grateful to our partners Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Vantage Airport Group, Skanska, Meridiam, JLC Infrastructure, Skanska-Walsh Joint Venture , HOK and WSP. ”
As the recipient of the Versailles Prize, LaGuardia Airport is in good company which includes last year’s winner, Beijing Daxing International Airport.
In announcing this year’s award, UNESCO cited the “qualities of innovation, creativity, reflection of local, natural and cultural heritage and ecological efficiency, as well as the values of social interaction and participation that the United Nations is held in high regard ”.
The selection of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport for the 2021 Versailles Prize for Best New Airport comes at a time when the new airport continues to make substantial progress and is experiencing an increase in passenger volume, including a new passenger record. daily since the start of the pandemic. On the west side of the airport, the new Terminal B, developed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners and including design-build manager Skanska-Walsh, opened its four-story illuminated arrivals and departures hall in 2020. Its latest section of new doors opened earlier this month, bringing the total number of new doors opened to date to 30, spread across two halls connected to the arrivals and departures hall by the world’s first dual-pedestrian overhead bridges.
On the east side, construction of the new arrivals and departures hall at Delta Air Lines Terminal C is progressing rapidly and is expected to open in spring 2022. The first new doors at Delta’s terminal at the far east of the airport have opened in 2019 with a breathtaking view of Flushing Bay. The 1.3 million square foot terminal will feature 37 new doors when completed.
The new Terminal B has a proven track record of sustainability, having been named earlier this year as the first air terminal in the world to achieve LEED v4 Gold certification by the US Green Building Council. The airport transformation also reflects the Port Authority’s commitment to diversity, having secured a historic $ 2 billion in contracts awarded to minority and women-owned businesses.
The annual Versailles Prize, created in 2015 to promote the relationship between culture and commerce, rewards the most remarkable works, both in interior and exterior architecture, in the Airports, Campus, Passenger Stations and Sports categories. Because the Prize is associated with the Palace of Versailles, it aspires for this world-renowned symbol of beauty and elegance to serve not as a model but as a beacon and impetus for quality commercial architecture, today and tomorrow.
In 2015, a comprehensive plan to build a brand new LaGuardia Airport was unveiled with the goal of creating a world-class passenger experience in the 21st century with modern amenities for customers, state-of-the-art architecture, boarding gates more spacious and a terminal system. The $ 8 billion project, two-thirds of which is funded by private finance and existing passenger fees, began in 2016.
In February 2018, the new Terminal B car park opened with more than 3,000 spaces and a dedicated level for Uber, Lyft and other car rental services. In December 2018, the first of 18 new doors and the first new hall at Terminal B opened. In October 2019, Delta Air Lines opened its first new hall and seven new doors. In June 2020, the new arrivals and departures hall in Terminal B opened.
In August 2020, the first phase of a second new hall at Terminal B opened, followed by the opening of the second phase in December 2021. Delta’s new arrivals and departures hall at Terminal C will open at mid-2022.
The new unified airport delivering the 21st century customer experience New Yorkers deserve is being built while maintaining operations at the existing airport. As new facilities are completed, old facilities are demolished, ensuring that the airport never loses capacity. LaGuardia Airport will be near completion in 2022 and will be an asset to growth as New York recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.