December 7, 1998
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Authority has selected Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation (Binfra) to provide construction oversight and management services at John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and LaGuardia airports.
Bechtel Infrastructure To Manage Construction For Jfk And Laguardia Airports
Under a five-year contract, Binfra will provide services that include construction oversight for Airtrain, the 8.4-mile-long JFK light rail system, airline tenant work for several new terminals at JFK, and construction management for facilities work such as road improvements, utilities, and apron and runway work. Combined, the constructed value of the work is more than $4 billion. This work will be performed in a unique partnership with Port Authority staff. Integrated teams to manage JFK and LaGuardia projects will comprise staff from both the Port Authority and Binfra.
"We are especially proud to be a part of this milestone program to modernize and provide rail access to JFK," said Ed Richardson, president of Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation. "We look forward to assisting the Port Authority in meeting its vision for the region in the 21st century."
Airtrain is key to improving JFK, one of the world's busiest airports. This $1.5 billion project centers on linking the Central Terminal Area of JFK with the Long Island Rail Road and New York City Transit (NYCT) subway station complex in Jamaica, NY, and to the NYCT subway station at Howard Beach.
The Port Authority and Binfra will also oversee private investment and renovations at JFK. American Airlines and British Airways are building or expanding passenger terminals, and other airlines are building cargo facilities. Airport improvements continue at LaGuardia, where roadway, runway, and taxiway upgrades are contemplated.
Bechtel brings extensive program and construction management experience to this project. The firm just signed a contract to design and build a 5.5 mile extension of Portland's light rail system to the airport, and just wrapped up managing a terminal expansion at California's Ontario airport, completing the project four months ahead of schedule and $26 million under budget. Bechtel has enjoyed a long history with the Port Authority at JFK Airport, where the company has provided construction management services for a cogeneration plant, a new control tower and roadway improvements.
Bechtel, now celebrating its centennial year, is one of the world's most accomplished and experienced engineering, construction, and project management firms. Throughout the course of its 100-year history, Bechtel has built a reputation as an industry leader in the planning and management of complex infrastructure projects. Bechtel provides premier technical, management, and directly related services to develop, manage, engineer, build, and operate installations for customers worldwide. Some 36,000 Bechtel and joint-venture employees are at work on more than 1,000 projects in 63 countries, serving every industry that requires project facilities or expertise. The privately held firm completed work totaling $11.3 billion in 1997.