May 29, 2015
Alexandria, VA - 5/29/15 - Last week the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) approved the selection of the AIR Alliance architectural-engineering team (a joint venture of AECOM and PGAL) to design improvements at Reagan National Airport (DCA). The $1 billion DCA capital improvement program will help ease crowding at the airport in response to record passenger growth in recent years.
May 22, 2015
The $45 million, PGAL-led addition to Concourse C at Atlanta's Hartfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) recently opened to travelers (3+ weeks ahead of schedule). The Concourse serves both Delta and Southwest Airlines and was one of the last original concourses left to be expanded at ATL. The 52,000 SF Expansion of the concourse's midpoint was aimed at alleviating congestion, cramped quarters and lengthy lines, adding 4 new escalators, 2 new elevators and 25,000 SF of restaurant/concessions space that will anchored by Carrabba's Italian Grill.
April 22, 2015
Phase 1 of the newly constructed SH 249 Tomball Tollway in Northwest Harris County, Precinct 4, opened to traffic last week following a community celebration, including a Stroll the Toll event which allowed the public to walk on the new tollway before it opened to automobiles. The $170M, 6-mile, 6-lane toll road spans from south of FM 2920 to north of Spring Cypress Rd. The tollroad allows users to bypass the delay of 7 traffic stops and provides a much needed alternative to the highly congested SH 249 frontage roads carrying traffic to and from the rapidly developing areas in Northwest Harris and Southwest Montgomery counties.
April 20, 2015
The United Terminal B South Concourse project at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) walked away from the Houston Business Journal's 2015 Landmark Awards gala the winner in the Public-Private Partnership category. The new $149M concourse represents a shared commitment by the City of Houston and United to invest in capital projects integral to Houston's image as a modern hub for domestic and international commerce. Hosting 300+ regional flights per day, the new 225,000SF Concourse is four times the size of the original (built in 1966) and treats travelers to a contemporary, entertaining environment, flooded with daylight and full of conveniences.
April 15, 2015
The Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC) was recently awarded LEED Gold certification. Developed within an occupied brown-field site, the project incorporates solar panels, water reducing measures, as well as green initiatives such as: daylighting and installation of LED artificial lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and materials with low VOCs and extensive recycled and recyclable content.
April 9, 2015
The new Vadatech World Corporate Headquarters, designed by PGAL, has earned LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The new 2-story 71,519 square foot Research, Development and Manufacturing Facility is located within an Industrial Park and in close proximity to high density residential, local businesses, and amenities. During design, it was paramount to the client to ensure energy efficiency within the building and encourage sustainable practices for their employees, both in and out of the workplace.
February 19, 2015
Houston Baptist University (HBU) celebrated a major milestone for the new 87-foot-tall Belin Tower last week. Nearing completion, the dome and cupola were erected, capping the prominent new statue. The PGAL-designed tower, inspired by Independence Hall in Philadelphia, will provide an attractive campus landmark that will be highly visible from the heavily traveled Southwest Freeway.
* Images taken by Michael Tims/HBU
February 13, 2015
The 300,000 SF, 12-story, Granite Briarpark Green is the latest PGAL-designed building to earn LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC GBCI. The Class A building, developed by Granite Properties, sits on a prominent site in Houston's Westchase district. The architectural precast elevations feature a two-story cast stone base, high performance glazing, and aluminum canopies and sunshade devices which are all sourced regionally and contain high-recycled content. As part of its sustainable design features, the building also boasts an optimized energy performance of 21% over baseline and includes water conserving plumbing fixtures, on-site recycling, ample bicycle storage and extensive native species site landscape development.