Agencie is acting as an MWBE subconsultant for the design and engineering of a comprehensive new Terminal at JFK Airport.  Agencie’s scope is enclosure engineering and includes expansive canopies at the entrance of the airport.  The overhead protection provides necessary shade, weather protection, and wayfinding for pedestrians entering and leaving the terminal.  

Canopy Engineering Image
Canopy Engineering Image

The canopies are a fabric made of ETFE.  ETFE is a lightweight alternative to glass that provides similar light transmission properties while being incredibly more flexible. In addition, the flexible nature of ETFE permitted a relaxation of deflection criteria, allowing movement that would not have been possible using glass canopies.  It allowed the supporting steel sections to be smaller, saving materials and space. This more efficient use of materials reflects Agencie’s commitment to cost-effectiveness and sustainability.  The canopy cantilevers presented a problem: How do we achieve the required spans while keeping the build lightweight and cost-effective? Using tapered steel sections creates a more efficient structure compared to what standard units could achieve.

Special Structures


Enclosure Engineering
Structural Engineering


Sarrah Khan, PE
Andres Cortes, AIA
Christian Berneking
Wanlapa Frey
Ali Molaei
José Torres
Celia Anh Linh Le Van
Susan Brewer