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Institutional | MCR DEVELOPMENT - TWA HOTEL

Once it opens, the TWA Hotel will have 512 guest rooms spread
out over two buildings. A 50,000-square-foot conference center
with 40 meeting rooms and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom will give
the hotel the ability to host small and large events. "There's a lot of
people around here we think will come out to have their wedding or
bar mitzvah," Garone says. "We think there's a huge market for that
out there."

'People are still passionate about a
company that hasn't
existed for 17 years.'
The hotel will not only fill a need for venues at the airport, but
it will also have a significant economic impact on the area. MCR
projects the hotel will deliver more than 3,700 construction and
permanent jobs. Agreements are in place with the Hotel Trades
Council and the Building and Construction Trades Council to ensure
the hotel will be union built and operated.
The project is designed it to appeal to aviation enthusiasts. There
will be a 10,000-square-foot public observation deck and a lounge

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where guests can enjoy a cocktail. Aviation enthusiasts will surely
appreciate the TWA Museum that will be a part of the new hotel.
MCR already has experience curating the history of the airliner. The
company built a lounge on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center
that replicates the TWA Flight Center's sunken lounge and flight
board. The lounge exhibits several TWA artifacts donated by former
TWA employees and fans of the airline, and even more of those
items will be included in the hotel's museum. "It's just shocking how
people are still passionate about a company that hasn't existed for 17
years," Garone says.
MCR plans to build a tarmac for a 1956 Lockheed Constellation,
a propeller-driven passenger transport plane. Kids can explore the
cockpit to learn about aviation history while parents can have a
cocktail in the lounge.
At 200,000 square feet, the hotel's lobby will be the largest in the
world, Garone claims, filled with restaurants, bars and shops. The
hotel itself will have seven floors for each building and its fa├žade
will follow the contours of the adjacent road for JetBlue arrivals and
departures. A triple-glazed IGU curtain wall will block noise from
nearby takeoffs and landings, allowing guests to sleep in peace.
The two hotel buildings will rise behind the TWA Flight Center like
wings reflecting the former terminal's symmetry.
The project will be the first hotel on airport property. Garone believes it will appeal to travelers from New York and New Jersey who
have early morning flights and would prefer to stay in a room rather
than driving into the city during the middle of the night. "I think
this will be very successful in the surrounding tri-state area," he says.
The hotel will also be a welcome addition for international
travelers. According to Airports Council International, JFK was the
fifth busiest airport in North America in 2016, with 59.1 million
passengers - a 3.9 percent increase from the previous year. However,
the airport has the most international passenger traffic in North
America, making it an important gateway for the United States.
Until now, international travelers have had to find an off-site hotel
to stay at while they wait for the next leg of their journey. The TWA
Hotel will provide comfort, convenience and appealing amenities to


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