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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects selected for New Orleans airport design team

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects selected for New Orleans airport design team

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects selected for New Orleans airport design team

NEW ORLEANS (July 22, 2013) – Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has been selected to join the design team for  a world-class airport terminal for New Orleans set to open for the city’s 300th anniversary in 2018.

The $650 million project will replace the airport’s current terminal with a state-of-the-art building on the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport campus. PCPA will be part of the Crescent City Aviation Team, a Leo A. Daly/Atkins Global Joint Venture that includes New Orleans-based Manning Architects and Hewitt Washington Architects. Parsons Brinkerhoff will provide project management.

“Cesar and I and the entire firm are delighted to be returning to New Orleans,” said Fred Clarke, senior principal. “We are looking forward to working with the team to design a functional, modern and inspiring terminal that captures the city’s rich culture.”

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ previous work in New Orleans is the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel, which opened in 2012 at Xavier University of New Orleans. PCPA’s airport experience includes terminals at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., the Winnipeg James Richardson International Airport

in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The PCPA team’s history of airport design extends to Cesar Pelli’s early work on the renowned TWA Terminal in New York under Eero Saarinen.

"Xavier University was the first to bring Cesar Pelli to New Orleans for the design of our beautiful chapel,” said Dr. Norman Francis, President of Xavier University. “We are pleased and lucky to have him as part of the team to provide us with a new airport.”

New Orleans officials applauded the team selection.

“We know the design collaboration of Mr. Pelli will result in a unique look that will give our airport the prominence it deserves,” said Cheryl Teamer, chair of the New Orleans Aviation Board.

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