JFK International Airport Project Nets Award

The redesign and construction of the JFK International Terminal 4 earned the Grand Conceptor Award in the 36th annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies.


The redesign and construction of the JFK International Terminal 4 earned the Grand Conceptor Award in the 36th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The awards were presented to New York City-based team of TAMS Consultants, Inc., and Arup, who worked in conjunction to deliver the project.

The Grand Conceptor Award, the competition's highest honor, was awarded in recognition of the facility's transportation design. The New York Association of Consulting Engineers has also recognized the project for its innovative information technology systems.

This $1.4 billion design-build project involved the largest public/private partnership in U.S. history. Completed in May 2001, the new 1.5-million-square-foot international air terminal can accommodate 3,200 passengers per hour. The facility has 16 gates, with expansion options for up to 32 gates, and parking for more than 1,000 vehicles. The project was completed on a fast-track schedule without interrupting the continued operation of the airport, and was completed in 4.5 years, which is half the time of similar terminal upgrades.

"Terminal 4 at JFK Airport sets a new standard for redeveloping airport facilities and other facets of our nation's aging infrastructure," says ACEC Chairman Stephen G. Goddard. "The project team's close collaboration and technical skill offers solid proof that the expedited design and construction process produces high-quality results."

ACEC's EEA competition annually recognizes outstanding achievements by engineering firms in the areas of building and technology systems, structural systems, surveying and mapping technology, environmental, water and wastewater, water resources, transportation, studies and research and special projects.

For more information on the award winners and other engineering competitions, visit the ACEC web site at www.acec.org .

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