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06 October 2017

Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw team chosen to revitalise JFK Airport, USA

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to lead the implementation of the Governor's Airport Advisory Panel’s vision plan for the redevelopment of John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). The consultancy will work in partnership with renowned architectural firm Grimshaw, with the support of skilled specialty companies.

The vision plan is intended to revitalise the airport and place it among the ranks of world-class airports. In addition to concept design for near-term improvements, it includes a 30-year masterplan that covers terminal, gate, aircraft parking and airfield capacity, airport transportation access and parking systems, air cargo facilities and airside support facilities such as fuelling, deicing, maintenance and cogeneration. The overall project is expected to drive investment up to US$10 billion.

“60 million passengers travelled through JFK last year,” said Nick DeNichilo, president and CEO of Mott MacDonald in North America. “New York City deserves an airport that reflects its world-class status. We believe that our previous work on behalf of the Port Authority and our record of landmark aviation projects around the world have prepared us to meet this challenge.”

Of the 20 airports currently ranked the best in the world by Skytrax, Mott MacDonald has worked on 10. Together with Grimshaw, the team's experience includes prior masterplanning and redevelopment work at airports in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Chris Chalk, Mott MacDonald’s global aviation practice leader and project manager for the revitalisation of JFK Airport, said: “We are excited to be appointed by the Port Authority to plan the future of JFK International Airport. Our goal is to reestablish JFK among the premier league of airports and to make it the world’s city hub of choice. Together with our key partner Grimshaw, we are redeveloping the future of airports from London Heathrow to Auckland, New Zealand. We are also committed to maximising the minority and women-owned enterprise component of the work.”

Mark Husser, partner-in-charge for Grimshaw, added: “We are delighted to be partners with Mott MacDonald and the Port Authority to realise this great and timely vision for the region. New York is the greatest and most diverse city in the world and it deserves a great, world-class airport. We’ve been in New York now for 16 years and have been honored to design significant urban infrastructure projects for the city and JFK is an enormously exciting opportunity to make a difference for the region.”

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