JetBlue’s Terminal 5 Expansion at JFK International Airport opens

20 Nov 2014

Arup provided multidisciplinary engineering and planning services for the JetBlue Terminal 5 International Arrivals Hall Expansion from project initiation through operational readiness.

The JetBlue Terminal 5 expansion at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport has opened its doors. Members of the design and construction team including JetBlue, Arup, Gensler, Turner Construction Company, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 6.

Following the initial work on JetBlue’s Terminal 5 which opened in 2008, we provided multidisciplinary engineering and planning services for this expansion, from development of the original concept plan to operational readiness and testing. Comprehensive services included airside, landside, and terminal planning; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering; information technology; security; telecommunications engineering; design management; and operational readiness, activation, and transition coordination.

The 175,000ft2 expansion includes an innovative CBP Federal Inspection Services facility designed to process 1,400 passengers an hour. This facility includes unique features such as a Unified Secondary Inspection Area, 40 Automated Passport Control kiosks, plus 10 Global Entry kiosks. The expansion has added three international swing gates and converted three existing gates to have international arrivals capabilities. Arup engineered the space to integrate the customer-friendly design with cutting-edge technology to accommodate JetBlue’s present and future needs.

"It is an honor to have been selected for the T5 Expansion on the heels of the original T5 project, and we are delighted to celebrate the opening of the facility with JetBlue and other members of the integrated project team."

Mahadev Raman, chairman of Arup Americas.

Building on past success

Leveraging our detailed knowledge of the original Terminal 5 design, we comprehensively reviewed the current terminal operations against the proposed expansion to ensure that the MEP, fire protection, security, IT, and public address systems in the enlarged terminal would be optimised. This resulted in extending some original Terminal 5 systems when spare capacity existed and upgrading others in order to efficiently serve the expansion, all while minimising the cost of a new utility connection and new central equipment. The team also used the feedback received from JetBlue’s operations and maintenance staff — based on four years of operation — in order to fully tailor the design of the expansion to the day-to-day operation of the building.

Arup’s history of working with JetBlue, its JFK project history, its experience with government agencies, and its understanding of passenger processing best practices converged to allow the project team to design a state-of-the-art facility. Once design was completed, Arup’s operational readiness, activation and transition team worked with JetBlue and the contractors to ensure that the tightly integrated systems were fully tested and operational prior to opening.

"JetBlue was thrilled to again engage Arup for our expansion project at our home terminal at T5. Arup’s ability to bring the entire range of services from planning to operational readiness made them an invaluable partner on this project. As a result, we have one of the most technologically advanced, convenient and customer-friendly terminals at JFK."

—Richard Smyth, vice president of corporate real estate at JetBlue.



Rebecca Maloney

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