May 16, 2020

The $10 billion JFK Airport redevelopment: Top 5 facts

JFK Airport redevelopment
Catherine Sturman
2 min
JFK Airport
It has recently been announced that John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is set to undergo significant expansion works, encompassing new te...

It has recently been announced that John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is set to undergo significant expansion works, encompassing new terminals alongside the development of existing works to ensure existing roads are also transformed to reduce congestion throughout the ongoing construction works.

Take a look at our top 10 facts regarding the proposed works:

1. It is unknown how the redevelopment project will be funded as of yet, but it has been stated that it could be funded through private operators who will work in partnership with Port Authority.

2. Transport systems are set to be developed and strengthened throughout the US to accommodate the new developments at the terminals. The Van Wyck Expressway will be expanded to incorporate new lanes, in addition to a new route from New York to Manhattan - reducing travel and congestion time to and from the airport.

3. The Kew Gardens interchange is also set to be developed within proposed designs to elevate increased congestion by incorporating further lanes. All new transport links will efficiently connect with the airport terminals.

4. In line with modernisation and improvement within development works, the plans also encompass world-class technologies, such as facial recognition and improved security throughout the airport. Dan Tishman, vice chairman of AECOM and Head of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s, New York’s airport planning task force stated to the Commercial Observer, “The goal is to have a unified, interconnected and modern airport.”

5. Throughout the redevelopment project, Air Trains will also be upgraded to ensure they remain efficient in transporting the increasing number of passengers which travel through the airport.

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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Skanska
offices
Sustainability
Drones
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.

Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.

1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.

Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.

The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.

The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.

The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.

Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: sees.ai get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."

“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”

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