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Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK

Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK
Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK
Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK
Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK
Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK
Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK
Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK
Conservancy monitors TWA terminal redevelopment at JFK

The Conservancy has been a part of efforts to restore and reuse the former TWA terminal at JFK for more than a decade—most recently as a member of the Redevelopment Advisory Committee (RAC). As a member of RAC, the Conservancy has monitored every step of the TWA terminal redevelopment, including the construction of a new Jet Blue terminal behind the landmark and the ongoing restoration of the former TWA terminal. The RAC was set up by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Park Service as part of the project’s public review process.

The current phase of restoration to the interior consists of meticulous repair of the tiny mosaic tiles that make up the terminal’s floors and wall surfaces (see slideshow images). Cracks and broken areas are being repaired using custom-manufactured tiles made especially for the building. The craftsmen are carefully vetted and must be certified by the construction manager before allowed to do the work, which is similar to mosaic art repair.

The work is scheduled to be complete by mid-summer at which time the central part of the terminal will be re-opened to the public as a means of entering the new Jet Blue terminal that is connected to the landmark via the original “Flight Tubes” that brought passengers to the former boarding gates. A request for proposal for a permanent re-use will be issued by the Port Authority in the fall.