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35 CHAPTER TEN PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT--REUSE OF THE 1952 PITTSBURGH TERMINAL BUILDINGAIRSIDE BUSINESS PARK AIRPORT SPONSOR AND INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS port Authority, which was formed in November 1999. At the time, the Department of Aviation was part of the Allegheny Airport NamePittsburgh International Airport County government and as such, airport planning was inte- (PIT) grated with the Department of Development. City, State Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Not surprisingly, the new terminal garnered a lot of atten- tion. No reuse plan for the former terminal was considered Airport SponsorAllegheny County Airport Author- until it was vacated in 1992. An Air Cargo Special Study, ity (ACAA) completed in 1991 and revised in 1993, identified the former terminal building as the site that maximized the full poten- Persons InterviewedWm. Randell Forister, Senior Direc- tial of an already existing ramp and could support a large tor of Development build out of air cargo activity. The question remained, how- Richard C. Belotti, Director of Plan- ever, about what to do with the terminal facility, particularly ning and Environmental Affairs the large rotunda that had architectural merit and historic significance (see Figure 29). SITUATION REUSE OPTIONS In 1988, construction began for the new Pittsburgh Midfield Terminal Complex (Figure 28). This project and reuse of One of the first plans advanced for the former terminal build- the former terminal predates the Allegheny County Air- ing was development of a satellite facility for the Smithson- FIGURE 28 Airside Business Park, Pittsburgh International Airport.