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JFK Airport deicing facility

Project type:



Project management, design, construction review, and resident inspection

Construction cost:

$10 million

Project Type:
Project Management, Design, Construction Review, and Resident Inspection
Construction Cost:
$10 million
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Radiant Aviation Services (RAS) / New York, New York

As part of their efforts to develop and implement environmentally acceptable technologies in aircraft deicing, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey jointly funded a project by Radiant Aviation Services to construct a radiant deicing facility at JFK International Airport.

The purpose of the facility is to deice departure bound aircraft by nonconventional means, eliminating the application of Type I glycol and minimizing the environmental impacts to existing stormwater systems. The melting technique employed utilizes patented energy process units that target infrared electromagnetic waves to the aircraft fuselage and wing components to melt the ice.

The facility at JFK is constructed in a confined area, capable of handling ADG V aircraft up to B747-300 series. The project was implemented under a design-build delivery system contracted through the Port Authority.

Mott MacDonald’s primary role on the project involved responsibility for the foundation engineering and pavement marking designs; construction review of the civil, foundation, and structural steel components; and resident inspection services for the complete installation. During construction, we provided support services including attending progress meetings, reviewing construction submittals and shop drawings, and responding to RFIs.

In addition, we assisted with project management functions related to technical matters, Tenant Alteration Applications (TAA) submittals and approvals by the Port Authority, and review of the contract between the Port Authority and Radiant Aviation Services.

Project highlights

  • Minimizing environmental impacts to the stormwater system
  • Considering the effects of jet blast on & lateral clearances to Hangar 12 in the site selection
  • Categorizing the facility as an apparatus in lieu of a building structure in order to comply with the New York City Building Code, which eliminated the need to provide fire protection in conformance with NFPA 409 & amended exiting travel distance requirements
  • Project funded by Federal Aviation Administration (75%) & Port Authority of New York & Jersey (25%)
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