JFK construction management partner sought

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New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo has announced a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit bids to provide construction management for the John F Kennedy International Airport Redevelopment Program on an “as needed” basis.

The RFP, released by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, aims to secure a qualified firm to assist in the oversight of the performance of all contractors for the entire JFK Redevelopment Program. The selected firm will also provide construction management and coordinate services with other ongoing construction projects related to the JFK Redevelopment Program.

The scope of the work for the RFP includes performing multi-discipline civil, structural, electrical, traffic, and mechanical engineering, and providing any construction management and support services required for the JFK Redevelopment Program. Projects include the major terminals, design-build construction contracts for new parking garages and substations, as well as construction of elevated roadways, utility infrastructure improvements, airfield modifications including work on new taxiways, demolition of buildings, and extensive management of traffic during construction.

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 US$3bn, 1,200,000ft2 (111,485m2) terminal on the airport’s north side that will connect to the airline’s existing Terminal 5. Additionally, a new US$7bn, 2,900,000ft2 (269,420m2) 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 US$344m over the next three years to renovate Terminal 8, which will gain roughly 70,400ft2 (6,540m2) of space. Terminal 8 will benefit from improved baggage systems, premium check-in space, and additional concessions.

Other key contributors to the JFK Redevelopment project were also selected after rigorous RFP selection processes, including: Mott MacDonald, a leading global engineering firm, and its project partner Grimshaw Architects, which has substantial experience in airport design and development; and program and project management consultant HNTB.

Construction of the new JFK is scheduled to begin in 2020, with the first new facilities due to open in 2023.

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