Arup teams with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on JFK Terminal 4 expansion

Ajoint venture between US engineering and consulting firm Arup and US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP said it has marked the completion of its work expanding Terminal 4 for Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

The new USD 1.2bn terminal complex consolidates Delta´s operations at JFK, allowing the airline to move out of aging facilities in Terminal 3 and improve the passenger experience for the estimated 11m Delta passengers who will pass through every year.

This JV, called ArupSOM, was the designer of the original Terminal 4 building, which opened in 2001. This latest project includes the expansion of Terminal 4´s Concourse B and the addition of new security facilities.

The redevelopment also features expanded shopping areas, the new 24,000-square-foot Delta Sky Club, and new domestic baggage claim facilities to speed the transfer of passengers from international to domestic flights.

SOM, which has a long history of work at JFK starting with the 1958 completion of the International Arrivals Building, was the lead planner and architect of the project, while Arup acted as the building and civil engineer.

According to the firm, this newest expansion continues to fulfill the original master plan for the terminal by strengthening support of operations within the context of the terminal´s central column-free space, with its plentiful views and natural light.

The airside expansion, a nine-gate extension in Concourse B, provides necessary additional facilities for Delta´s fleet and helps realize Delta´s goal to build an international hub at JFK. Dual taxiways also help reduce aircraft taxi times and provide more efficient service.

At landside, a new security area in the main departure hall reorganized the sequence of travel, allowing passengers to take advantage of the retail hall after clearance. A new domestic baggage claim hall, part of the original master plan, has been added, as well as larger areas for Customs and Border Protection.

This expansion project replaces the 50-year-old Terminal 3, increases the size of the original Terminal 4 by nearly one third to 1.94m square feet, and gives Delta the ability to accommodate all of their international flights from Terminal 4.

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