Sustainable Plaza Proposed for JFK’s Ground Transportation Centre

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for a sustainable roof level plaza at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s new ground transportation centre.

As part of JFK’s planned 18 billion USD transformation, the sustainable plaza would provide active green space atop a new four-level parking garage within the airport’s central terminal area. This facility would provide passengers with unique amenities, while furthering the Port Authority’s commitment to sustainability.

JFK Sustainable Plaza
The sustainable plaza is part of the JFK Vision Plan that aims to optimise land and airspace use at the airport
Port Authority Executive Director, Rick Cotton, said:

“The Port Authority is committed to sustainability and to our agency-wide NetZero vision as a key element in transforming our airports. Creating a sustainable rooftop plaza that also provides amenities for travellers is an important symbol of this vision.”

The new plaza could include new solar canopies and a green roof, which would advance the Port Authority’s NetZero vision. A green roof can contribute to reducing the heat island effect, while also absorbing carbon dioxide, saving energy, and reducing wastewater runoff.

The sustainable plaza’s potential amenities include a grassy meadow, an overlook with views of the airfield and the Manhattan skyline, a walk/run/cycle track, an area for local food trucks, and a small area for live performances.

Travellers and airport employees would be able to access the roof level plaza from JFK’s new ground transportation centre, as well as from Terminal 1, Terminal 4, and the AirTrain stations.

Port Authority Chairman, Kevin O’Toole, said:

“Working with our private partners, we are moving forward to give the traveling public and the residents of our region what they have long asked for -- a world-class global gateway at JFK, and state-of-the-art airports across our region. A public plaza that is green and sustainable at the heart of a transformed JFK shows our commitment to a unique and inspiring airport experience.”

The request for expressions of interest will begin the project’s procurement process and will be followed by a public request for proposals.

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