JFK New Terminal One

Engineering the Major Transformation of JFK Airport

Since 2019, Agencie has been part of the single largest infrastructure project in the United States. JFK Airport’s New Terminal One consolidates two current terminals, with 23 gates and 25 million sq ft of space. Agencie has proven experience in delivering large, complex structures on time and on budget, and works as a MWBE subconsultant for Thornton Tomasetti.

A striking glazed façade and skylights are fundamental to the design. Up to 16 million travelers a year will experience a space flooded with natural light. Agencie’s scope is secondary steel engineering. 150,000 sq ft of ETFE, glass, and opaque canopies; egress stair structures off the roadway; the ID tower; roadway baffles. All come under our structural engineering remit.

Structure Agencie's scope

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.

JFK Terminal One
JFK Terminal One Canopy Section & Details
Canopy Column Base Detail
Canopy Analysis Model

The building’s signature Headhouse space features skylights and façades that are integral to the traveler’s experience. Here, Agencie engineered the secondary steel for the aperture. Visitors encounter the beauty of exposed structural steel with details that transition from the outside deep into the interiors.

Rendering by TMRW
Rendering by TMRW Clerestory
Rendering by TMRW
Rendering by TMRW Waiting Area

With natural light softening the transit from outdoors to in, Agencie welcomes domestic and international travelers through this gateway to the US.

JFK Construction
  • Services

    • Structural Engineering
    • Enclosure Engineering
  • Location

    • Queens, NY
  • Status

    • Under Construction
  • Client

    • New Terminal One
    • Port Authority

  • Team

    • Sarrah Khan, PE
    • Ruying Lu
    • Jose Torres
    • Luis Cortés Silva
    • Zarina Gran
    • Bradley Frederick

Discover our unique approach to
pushing the boundary of structures.

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Tel: (212) 203-0265

Agencie Architecture + Engineering P.C.
 55 Bethune #1801
 New York, NY 10014

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