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was careful not to impose upon the
historic terminal. For example, the glass
in the flight center has a green tint, so the
glass in the hotel will have a gray tint so
that the original building would retain
its identity.
MCR worked with the port authority's
redevelopment advisory committee
to ensure its changes would not harm
the architectural integrity of the flight
center. The architects on the project, Beyer
Blinder Belle and Lubrano Ciavarra, have
worked to ensure the new features of
the hotel respect the original landmark
building. "We had to go through a design
process with them where you had to show
them the design and get their input,"
Garone says. "People are passionate about
this building and you have to be sympathetic to it."
Rehabbing a building - particularly
a historic one - is different from the
ground-up construction process Garone is
more accustomed to. That's given Garone
an opportunity to learn from the other
people working on the job and identify
ways to become more efficient. "Every
project is different," he says. "Every project
you learn and take those experience to the
next project."
A new building is a blank canvas, while
working with a existing structure requires
finding a balance between its architectural elements and the requirements of the
new businesses that will operate inside.
"You can't just go full steam ahead," he
says. "You have to take a step back and
look at everything."
JFK Airport and MCR are excited
to convert the TWA Flight Center
because of its landmark status.

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Installation was set for March and it is
expected to go into operation next fall.
The power plant plays into MCR's
sustainability goals for the project. The
hotel has been designed to achieve LEED
certification once it opens.
Taken alone, the CHP plant, the large
conference building, rehab of a historic
building or ground-up construction of
a new hotel is nothing new. However,
Garone believes the combination of those
features make the TWA Hotel one of the
most exciting projects going on in the
entire industry. "There's just so many
different elements for this project which
makes it interesting for us construction
folk," he says. "It's one of a kind."
The project is being built by Turner
Construction, which has extensive experience at JFK, including the building of the
JetBlue terminal. "They were very familiar
with the site, they were very familiar with
the ins and outs of the Port Authority [of
New York and New Jersey] team," Garone
says. "So it just made sense to bring them
on and use them as the construction
manager for the project. We have a really
fantastic team from Turner on this project.
They've been great partners in pushing
this forward with us."
Turner's familiarity with the airport
and its stakeholders came in handy as
MCR designed the project. Because the
TWA Flight Center is a historic building,
there are limitations in how its design
can be altered and how new elements
must blend with the existing structure.
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