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Dedication ceremony held at JFK's new Terminal One.

Terminal One, JFK International Airport's first all-new passenger terminal in 27 years, will be up and running in early summer, as a dedication ceremony was held at the site on May 14th.

The state-of-the art, 635,000 square-foot facility is being created through a partnership between four major international carriers - Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Lufthansa German Airlines - known as the Terminal One Group Association, L.P. (TOGA).

TOGA is responsible for the development, financing, design, construction and operation of the $434 million project.

Representing the beginning of a new era for the four airlines and for JFK International Airport as a whole, this ultra-modern terminal building is the first step in reshaping JFK's future. Likewise, it kicks off the Port Authority's overall redevelopment plans for New York's major gateway.

"Such an undertaking by four foreign flag carriers is a first. It is truly a terminal being developed by airlines for airline passengers," said Dieter Bergt, TOGA CEO and spokesman. Each signatory airline has assigned one representative to the project who is responsible, on behalf of the partnership, for a specialized area: legal, finance, contracts, design and construction.

With the construction on time and within budget, TOGA is proving that even such a diverse group can remain keenly focused on the goals of functionality, simplicity and aesthetics for a passenger terminal which will lead into the 21st Century.

Located where the old Eastern Airlines building once stood at the entrance to JFK, Terminal One is the first terminal visitors will reach from the Van Wyck Expressway. As such, the new building, which will handle up to 3.6 million passengers a year, will not only be highly visible, but will also have the most convenient access in the airport's central terminal area.

Leased from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the 36-acre site is designed to be linked to the Port Authority's light rail system in the year 2001. Terminal One will be the first station on the airport line from Jamaica in Queens. It will also be the first terminal accessed by passengers using the airport's rental car and long-term parking facilities. A wide four-lane, two-level roadway with weather-protected curb space at the terminal will provide a convenient drop-off and pick-up for arriving and departing passengers.

William Nicholas Bodouva & Associates' dramatic architectural design for the terminal was chosen by TOGA following a national design competition. Glass walls, 50-foot-high ceilings, skylights, water walls, and glass and stainless steel elevators - as well as the airport's largest ticketing hall - will provide spaciousness and natural light.

New York-headquartered Morse Diesel International is responsible for the construction of this radial design building. Parsons Brinckerhoff Services, Inc., in association with Ehasz Giacalone Architects, PC, formed the project management office to coordinate the design and construction activities.

An aviation services company, AvAirPros Services, Inc., has been selected to operate the facility following its opening.

The project is financed through New York City Industrial Development Agency Special Facility Revenue Bonds under the management of the following institutions: Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. (senior manager); Goldman, Sachs & Co and J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. (co-senior managers); and CS First Boston, First Chicago Capital Markets, Inc., WR Lazard, Laidlaw & Mead, Inc., and Merrill Lynch & Co. (co-managers).

Currently, the building is abuzz, with 800 workers keeping the project on track for the opening date. Last minute touches are being put to the 92 check-in and service counters and the 32 ticketing positions at four check-in islands. Also on schedule is 35,000 square feet of retail and duty-free shops.

The duty-free shops will feature the first cash-and-carry facility in the U.S., eliminating the need to claim bags of duty-free goods just before boarding the aircraft. Preparations of a host of other facilities and services are underway, including the support facilities, a mezzanine rotunda food court, state-of-the-art security systems and airline lounges.
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Title Annotation:John F. Kennedy International Airport
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jun 3, 1998
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