The New Terminal One
New $9.5B Airport Terminal Breaks Ground at JFK
An official groundbreaking ceremony has been held at John F. Kennedy International to kick off a major expansion project that will transform NYC's largest airport. Set to replace existing Terminals 1 & 2, "The New Terminal One" will soon become the largest international terminal at one of America's busiest ports of entry.
First announced in January by New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, the privately funded, $9.5 billion project, is being led by a group of lead sponsors, including The Carlyle Group, Ferrovial, JLC Infrastructure, and Ullico.
Designed by Gensler Architects, The New Terminal One is set to total 2.4 million square feet. It will house 23-boarding gates, and contain over 300,000 square feet of dining, retail space, and airline lounges.
According to the project website, "The terminal will feature expansive, naturally lit, public spaces, cutting edge technology, and an array of amenities, all designed to enhance the customer experience and compete with some of the highest-rated airport terminals in the world."
The terminal will be constructed by AECOM Tishman on a 134-acre site that sits right beside the current Terminal 2. This plot was previously occupied by Terminal 3 until its demolition in 2013. Since the project may take until 2030 to fully complete, strategically building on this piece of land will prevent years of service disruptions that would heavily impact the airport's scheduled operations.
While building The New Terminal One will be a mammoth undertaking in and of itself, the project comes amid several major capital improvements that are either planned or currently underway at JFK. The list includes a $425 million expansion of Terminal 8, a $1.5 billion expansion of Terminal 4, and a brand new Terminal 6, set to cost $3.9 billion.