Design of a new blast resistant, insulated, glass cable wall system for the major transformation of LaGuardia Airport in New York into a new world class facility.

LaGuardia Airport has undergone a major transformation into a world-class facility, featuring a future air train, expanded taxi-ways, and top-tier passenger amenities. The first phase of redevelopment involved demolishing the Central Terminal Building and establishing a new central entry portal to the airport, thus uniting previously unconnected terminals.

Eckersley O’Callaghan was involved in the engineering of the glass cable wall system for the main terminal building. The system comprises insulated glass units with aluminium frames installed on a system of vertical cables via clamps. The cable glass wall system is designed to meet onerous criteria of blast resistance.

By engineering “fuse” connections that undergo plastic yielding in the event of a blast, the energy is absorbed and limited in its transfer into the building structure.

Our scope also includes the concourses to the rear of the building, which feature a steel fin and glazed aluminium cassette system.

New York

Skanska Walsh Project CM