RFI Issued for $13B JFK Central Hub


Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a Request for Information made by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the design and development of JFK Central.

The request is the latest step in Cuomo’s $13 billion vision for the John. F. Kennedy International Airport revamp project.

The Plan

Initially unveiled in January 2017, the revamp plan calls for JFK’s eight terminals to combine into one unified airport with the terminal complexed on the north and south sides. In addition, airport amenities, ground transportation and roadways are also set to improve. Overall, the airport’s capacity is estimated to increase by 15 million passengers a year.

"This historic investment to modernize JFK Airport and the surrounding transportation network will not only ease travel through this major hub, but it will ensure JFK joins the ranks as one of the finest airports in the world,” said Cuomo.

By October, a team was tapped for the extension, led by United Kingdom-based firm duo Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw Architects, which is responsible for spearheading airport redesigns in London, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

The team also includes: TranSolutions, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, VJ Associates, ACB Architects, EnTech Engineering, Naik Consulting, Reichman Frankle and Holmes Keogh.

A year later, Cuomo announced that the new $7 billion, 2.9 million-square-foot terminal on the airport's south side would be developed by the Terminal One Group, a consortium of four international airlines—Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines and Korean Air Lines. Additionally, the plan called for replacing JFK's Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 as well as the area left vacant when Terminal 3 was demolished in 2014. It would also be connected to the existing Terminal 4.

On the north side, the proposed new $3 billion, 1.2 million-square-foot terminal would be developed by JetBlue, which planned to demolish Terminal 7 and combine it with the vacant space where Terminal 6 was demolished in 2011. This would connect to the airline's existing Terminal 5.

New passenger facilities would also feature larger waiting areas with high ceilings, natural light and modern architecture coupled with interior green space, exhibits and art featuring iconic New York landmarks and local artists, according to officials at the time.

What’s Happening Now

As promised in October, the Port Authority has issued requests for the development of the new Kennedy Central Hub. The 14-acre mixed-use development will serve as a commercial and recreational epicenter for airport visitors, travelers and employees.

"Airports are the front door to New York, which is why it is so important that we transform JFK Airport into an innovative, modern and accommodating space for domestic and international travelers," Cuomo said.

"We are moving ahead with a $13 billion transformation plan that will fundamentally reimagine the airport for the 21st century and as part of that effort JFK Central will create a more unified airport and further solidify New York's position as the premier entry point into our country for the rest of the world."

Pulling inspiration from airports around the world, the Port Authority hopes to receive ideas from experienced firms, which could include pop-up stores, event spaces, dining, offices and even food trucks.

RFIs are due to the Port Authority by Sept. 6. Information received will then be used to create a Request for Proposals with an anticipated Request for Qualifications expected to go out by the end of this year and the RFP to follow in the second quarter of 2020.

According to Cuomo's press release, the project is expected to be 90% privately funded. Construction is set to begin in 2020, with some gates opening in 2023 and total completion slated for 2025.


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