Today, Hill serves as project director of a WSP and HOK joint venture that is designing the LaGuardia Central Terminal B project in New York City, a project being executed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a public-private partnership, on behalf of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Design work began in 2015, and construction began July 2016.
The project is the largest public-private partnership (P3) currently being undertaken in the U.S., with the private sector contributing more than $2 billion and the Port Authority contributing more than $1 billion to construct the airport and supporting infrastructure.
The new terminal will provide retail and dining space, a hotel, a conference and business center, and other features to accommodate growing passenger volumes.
“The existing terminal is dark, dingy and simply inadequate,” Hill said. “It was built in 1964 to accommodate eight million passengers a year, and at a time when security needs were not what they are today. Once you pass through security, you are trapped in low dark pier that has very few amenities. What is necessary and expected from airline passengers simply doesn’t exist at the current terminal.
“But the new terminal is going to be astonishing,” she continued. “It will be able to handle 17 million passengers a year, with modern baggage, check-in, and a huge retail hall with amazing opportunities passengers don’t have at the moment.”
One of her favorite features in the new terminal is the use of bridges from the head-house over to the bright, open concourses that will give passengers a bird’s-eye view of the airside operation and the concourses. “You will be able to see the entire concourse, see your gate, and know where you need to go and not rush,” Hill said. “And you will have a chance to relax with a coffee while you wait. People are going to choose to fly from LaGuardia because of Terminal B.”
The first concourse is anticipated to open to the public in 2018, with the main terminal building, security, retail, baggage opening in 2020, new and full completion of the project in 2022. WSP, together with HOK, is serving as the engineer of record through the completion of construction.
“It’s thrilling to be managing such a prestigious project,” Hill said. “It’s receiving a lot of attention within the aviation industry because of its size and complexity. I like the challenges of a big project, and LaGuardia provides plenty of those.