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Construction manager sought for JFK redevelopment

The Port Authority has issued an RFP for a construction manager to oversee the redevelopment of JKF Airport.

The request is for proposals to provide professional construction management for the John F. Kennedy International Airport Redevelopment Program on an “as-needed” basis. The winning firm will oversee of the performance of all contractors for the entire project.

“As we continue to advance the transformation of JFK Airport into a modern, world-class transit hub, we want to ensure that we have a proven partner on our side to help oversee and assess the progress we are making,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“JFK is the international entry into New York State, and to enhance this major infrastructural undertaking, we are looking for management firms capable of executing the vision we have laid out.”


Rick Cotton, executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, added, “JFK is a critically important driver of economic activity in Queens and across the Metropolitan area. The JFK Vision Plan set forth by Governor Cuomo will completely transform the airport into a world class facility and dramatically increase the airport’s contribution to business and employment opportunities for the surrounding communities. ”

The Governor’s JFK Vision Plan — initially unveiled in January 2017 — calls for an overhaul of the airport’s eight fragmented terminal sites into one unified JFK Airport.

This will be done by demolishing old terminals, utilizing vacant space, modernizing on-airport infrastructure, and creating a multi-tiered cargo modernization program, while incorporating the latest in passenger amenities and technological innovations.

As part of the JFK Vision Plan, JetBlue and JFK Millennium Partners are constructing a $3 billion, 1.2 million-square-foot terminal on the airport’s north side that will connect to the airline’s existing Terminal 5.

Additionally, a new $7 billion, 2.9 million-square-foot terminal on the airport’s south side will occupy the area where the existing Terminals 1 and 2 are located, in addition to the area left vacant when Terminal 3 was demolished in 2014.

The new south side terminal will be developed by the Terminal One Group, a consortium of four international airlines — Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines and Korean Air Lines — with the Carlyle Group, JLC Infrastructure, and with Ullico as the financing and development partner.

American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million over the next three years to renovate Terminal 8, which will gain roughly 70,400 s/f of space. Terminal 8 will be dramatically upgraded with improved baggage systems, premium check-in space, and additional concessions.

In May, the TWA Hotel located just outside Terminal 5 opened its doors to the public, creating a modern hotel in the historic building constructed in 1962. The hotel includes 512 guest rooms with views of the entire airport.

The redevelopment also calls for increasing the number and size of gates, improving parking availability, adding an array of airside taxiway improvements to reduce gate congestion, upgrading the AirTrain JFK system to handle increased passenger capacity, and enhancing roadways on and off the airport.

The New York State Department of Transportation has targeted $1.5 billion in highway improvements, including improvements to the Van Wyck Expressway and the Kew Gardens Interchange.

Other key contributors to the redevelopment project were also selected after RFP selection processes, including Mott MacDonald engineers, and its project partner Grimshaw Architects, as well as program and project management consultant HNTB.

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