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Torcon was CM, in joint venture with VRH Construction, for a major terminal expansion and upgrade program at JFK International Airport for American Airlines. The work encompassed more than 1.5 million square feet of space and created 27 gates for large jets and 9 gates with covered jet bridges.

The program replaced all airside and landside facilities, including roadways. The massive project was challenged by the requirement to maintain normal AA operations throughout construction of new terminals and demolition of existing terminals. Additionally, Torcon’s project team maintained intense airport security throughout the project, meeting FAA, Port Authority and Homeland Security requirements.

The project was managed in four major phases to maintain normal operations in 21 jet gates and 18 commuter craft parking positions throughout construction. The design features four main concourses, three of which extend from a central area and one that is linked via a 760-foot underground connector. The main building has a dramatic 57,000 sq. ft. ticketing lobby with 65-ft. high ceilings. It features an undulating roof supported by triangular trusses 600-feet long and 15-feet deep. The trusses are spaced 60-feet apart and have clear spans of 240 feet.

The $60,000,000 network of new roadways includes two-level access to separate arrivals and departure points with up to 1,100 linear feet of curb space. The roadwork element of the project was among the most logistically challenging. The team had to build a network of roads—graded and elevated—that would serve the new Terminal, literally on top of existing roadways that had to remain open and at full capacity.

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American Airlines

Terminals 8 and 9 at JFK International Airport

Torcon was CM, in joint venture with VRH Construction, for a major terminal expansion and upgrade program at JFK International Airport for American Airlines. The work encompassed more than 1.5 million square feet of space and created 27 gates for large jets and 9 gates with covered jet bridges.

The program replaced all airside and landside facilities, including roadways. The massive project was challenged by the requirement to maintain normal AA operations throughout construction of new terminals and demolition of existing terminals. Additionally, Torcon’s project team maintained intense airport security throughout the project, meeting FAA, Port Authority and Homeland Security requirements.

The project was managed in four major phases to maintain normal operations in 21 jet gates and 18 commuter craft parking positions throughout construction. The design features four main concourses, three of which extend from a central area and one that is linked via a 760-foot underground connector. The main building has a dramatic 57,000 sq. ft. ticketing lobby with 65-ft. high ceilings. It features an undulating roof supported by triangular trusses 600-feet long and 15-feet deep. The trusses are spaced 60-feet apart and have clear spans of 240 feet.

The $60,000,000 network of new roadways includes two-level access to separate arrivals and departure points with up to 1,100 linear feet of curb space. The roadwork element of the project was among the most logistically challenging. The team had to build a network of roads—graded and elevated—that would serve the new Terminal, literally on top of existing roadways that had to remain open and at full capacity.

Project Details

Client
American Airlines
Location
Queens, New York
Architect
AECOM
Key Facts
Construction Management (Joint Venture)
Terminals 8 and 9 at JFK International Airport
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