Like Ellis Island's Great Hall and Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central, LaGuardia's New Central Hall Will Be Iconic Gateway to New York
Public-Private Partnership with Port Authority Will Bring Creative Designs for Unique Dining, Retail, Art and Programming
The RFQ is Available Here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have issued a Request for Qualification for the creative vision, design and operation of a new Central Hall linking the brand-new Terminals B and C at LaGuardia Airport. Serving as the main entrance and focal point of the new $8 billion LaGuardia Airport, the Central Hall will be an iconic welcome hall to the first new airport to be built in the U.S. in 25 years.
"New York is leading the way on infrastructure investments, and the new LaGuardia Airport is just another example of our state's efforts to create a modern transportation network," Governor Cuomo said. "The Central Hall at LaGuardia will serve as an iconic gateway to welcome the millions of visitors that go through the airport every year and further our progress in rebuilding our airports for the future."
The Central Hall will feature a soaring 50-foot-high ceiling, glass walls providing stunning views of the airfield and approximately 62,500 sq. ft. of premium interior space. The Port Authority seeks a public-private partnership to provide exceptional interior design and innovative, world-class premium programming and help realize the Governor's vision for a modern, 21st century airport.
The Central Hall is intended to become an architecturally significant landmark with premium dining, retail, meeting space and other amenities of high appeal to LGA's 30 million annual passengers and 12,000 airport employees. The Central Hall will also feature a unique art, architectural or interactive installation that can become a recognizable 'meetup' place for travelers. The Port Authority is committed to working collaboratively with the local community to ensure stakeholder input is considered throughout the development process.
Rick Cotton, Executive Director at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said, "Like Governor Cuomo's vision to transform LaGuardia into a state of the art airport, the design for LGA's new Central Hall must be ambitious and unifying. The new Central Hall is not only the face of LaGuardia, but the face of New York for the 30 million passengers traveling through the airport each year; this RFQ will help identify the firms with the brightest and boldest ideas for the project."
In July 2015, Governor Cuomo unveiled the vision for a comprehensive redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport and broke ground in 2016. The $8 billion project, 80 percent of which is funded through private financing and existing passenger fees, will create a unified airport and 21st century customer experience.
In February 2018, the new Terminal B parking garage opened with 3,200 spaces, including more than 2,400 for personal vehicles, and a dedicated level for For-Hire Vehicles. In December 2018, Governor Cuomo opened the first of 18 new gates and the first new concourse in Terminal B on the western side of the airport, which serves Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest and United.
The Terminal B arrivals and departures facility is slated to open in mid-2020. On the eastern side of the airport, the first new gates and concourse in Delta's new Terminal C, replacing the current Terminals C and D, will open this fall with the full arrivals and departures facility scheduled to open in late 2021.
In September, the Port Authority commenced the formal environmental review for the proposed AirTrain LGA, which would provide a critical rail link to the airport at Willets Point via the Long Island Rail Road and 7 subway line. The proposed route would provide a reliable trip to LaGuardia from Midtown Manhattan in less than 30 minutes at a time when travel times by car continue to increase and become more unpredictable due to congestion.
Overall, the redevelopment of LaGuardia is anticipated to create a combined $10 billion in economic activity and $2.5 billion in wages over the life of the project. As part of this unprecedented project, Governor Cuomo set a goal of increasing the number of LaGuardia Airport contracts with certified minority and women-owned businesses (MWBE) to 30 percent, the highest such goal in the nation. At Terminal B, LaGuardia Gateway Partners has commitments with 274 MWBE firms to date, and at Terminal C, Delta has 204 contracts to date with MWBEs for a combined $1.25 billion awarded to MWBE organizations.
Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority are working hand in hand with local stakeholders and Queens residents to ensure local businesses, MWBEs and jobseekers take advantage of new opportunities as part of LaGuardia Airport's redevelopment and economic growth. In April, Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the new Council for Airport Opportunity office in Corona. The non-profit provides airport-related recruitment and job placement services to minority and disadvantaged residents in Queens. A lease has been signed on a permanent LaGuardia Redevelopment community office in East Elmhurst. Staff there will build on the nearly 400 new hires for jobs at the airport's new Terminal B concourse, with 55 percent of those hires being Queens residents. In addition, the LaGuardia Redevelopment program has partnered with Vaughn College and LaGuardia Community College to create internship programs and fund scholarships for local youth.