Landmarked TWA terminal restoration project proposed

Port Authority seeks proposals for restoration of former TWA terminal at JFK airport. Designed by architect Eero Saarinen, the building was TWA’s terminal from 1962 until 2001. The main building consists of four reinforced-concrete vaults separated by narrow skylights, and is flanked by two wing-shaped, single-story extensions. Two elevated oval tubes made of steel framing with a stucco finish connect the main structure to the flight wings.

In 1994, Landmarks designated the interior and exterior of the terminal building, the two connecting tubes, and one of the flight wings as an individual landmark.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey requested proposals for the adaptive redevelopment of the main building and connecting tubes. The RFP allows wide latitude for prospective developers to propose different uses. The renovated building will serve as an entry way to the new JetBlue terminal under construction behind the main building. The RFP includes a detailed list of specifications on how the developer should restore the building’s interior and exterior. Yearly rent for the entire site will be approximately $554,000.

Developers must submit proposals by April 4, 2007.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Request for Proposal, TWA Flight Center, JFK (Dec. 8, 2006).

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