MCR, the seventh-largest hotel owner-operator in the U.S., joined hundreds of construction workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport to top out the TWA Hotel’s first hotel structure.
Once complete, the TWA Hotel will preserve Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center, adaptively reusing the terminal as a world class hotel with 505 guestrooms, 50,000 s/f of state of the art meeting and event space, and a variety of food, beverage and retail options.
One of the largest construction projects in New York City, the TWA Hotel will create more than 3,700 permanent and construction union jobs, with 300 union construction workers on-site daily. It is slated to open in early 2019. “Since the TWA Hotel groundbreaking with Governor Cuomo less than one year ago, our team has been hard at work breathing new life into Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center terminal and developing one of the most iconic hotels in the world,” said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and Morse Development.
“This topping out brings us one step closer to reviving this treasured landmark.”
Featuring an off-grid co-generation plant, the two low-rise hotel structures are set back on either side of the terminal. Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center terminal building will serve as the hotel lobby; at 200,000 s/f,thought to be the largesthotel lobby in the world. Hotel guests and passengers will have access to the hotel via the
AirTrain and passenger tubes that connect to JFK’s Terminal 5.
The hotel will also house a Jet Age and mid-century modern museum that will exhibit furniture, TWA uniforms, David Klein destination posters, inflight amenities and other TWA memorabilia.
MCR’s redevelopment of the TWA Flight Center, which involves 22 federal, state, and city agencies, is an entirely privately-funded investment.