Funding for the effort is mostly the responsibility of Delta, which chipped in $3.4 billion and will be on the hook for any cost overruns.
"A key element of the master plan is to phase and implement various stages of programming while the airport continues to operate", said HOK President and NY office Managing Principal Carl Galioto. That firm will now partner with the JLC Infrastructure Fund, which was launched by Magic Johnson earlier this year.
The Delta facility is just one portion of the $8 billion rebuilding of LaGuardia.
Delta will occupy the eastern end of the new terminal building while American, United, JetBlue, Southwest, and Air Canada will operate from the western end, which has been under construction since last summer.
Delta chief executive Ed Bastian joined New York governor Andrew Cuomo, incoming executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Rick Cotton, Queens Borough president Melinda Katz, and other dignitaries for a press conference and ground-breaking to mark Delta's largest airport investment in its history. At the same time, the Governor lamented the fact that NY and the rest of the nation have fallen behind their worldwide competitors when it comes to infrastructure.
(Courtesy Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo) (Courtesy Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo) New renderings unveiled of a rebuilt LaGaurdia Airport. "Because if you're not building and developing, your competition surely is".
Delta's new state-of-the-art terminal will feature four concourses with 37 flexibly sized gates that can accommodate Delta's full fleet; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; new hold rooms with more seating; 30 per cent more concessions space; and sustainable and scalable technology befitting of an airport of the future. "Everything you see, all the infrastructure you see, everything we built, all these great accomplishments [are] literally from our grandparents' generation".