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COURTESY OF MCR

Institutional | MCR DEVELOPMENT - TWA HOTEL

MCR is converting the TWA Flight
Center into a lobby and retail space
for a new hotel at JFK Airport.

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Taking Flight

MCR TAKES INSPIRATION FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION AT JFK AIRPORT. BY TIM O'CONNOR

W

hen the TWA Flight Center
at JFK Airport in New York
opened in 1962 it was a
modern and forward-thinking design. With its Jetsons-style Googie
architecture and sunken lounge, the Eero
Saarinen-designed building became an
icon of mid-century aviation and was
eventually granted landmark designation
by the city in 1994 and was added to the
National Register of Historic Places 11 years
later. So there was a sense of loss when the
terminal closed in 2001 following the end
of Trans World Airlines.
A portion of the flight center was used to
expand JetBlue's terminal at the airport, but
the signature gull-wing building remained
unoccupied for years as local officials tried
to find a new use that would honor the

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structure's history. In 2015, MCR Development announced it would convert the TWA
Flight Center into a lobby and retail space
for a new hotel that would rise between the
historic building and JetBlue terminal.
The TWA Hotel will embrace the flight
center's style to invoke the golden days of
aviation, when flying was still an event and
passengers had a sense of wonder about the
whole experience. "When people talk about
this building and reference this building
you can see people's eyes light up," says
Jason Garone, vice president of construction
for MCR. "It's an architectural marvel."

Authentic Experience
Foundation work for the hotel began in
February 2017 and the project is on pace for
completion in first-quarter 2019. Although

MCR Development -
TWA Hotel
www.mcrdevelopment.com
* Location: New York City
* Employees: 500

"There's just o many different
elements for is project which
makes it interesting for us
construction folk. It's one of
a kind."
- Jason Garone, vice president of construction
its been vacant for 15 years, the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey has
maintained the structure and interior in
anticipation of future redevelopment, helping it to avoid deterioration issues that can
sometimes arise during restoration projects.


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