The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is embarking on a major modernization and redevelopment effort to position EWR to meet the needs of the 21st Century.
While Newark Liberty’s problems are shared by other older airports around the nation, the challenge is tougher here. The New York metropolitan area is an international economic powerhouse and one of the most densely populated areas in the nation, but its three major airports are squeezed into undersized properties, with no room to spread their wings.
Put Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia together, and they’d still cover less acreage than Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, while serving twice the number of passengers, according to Lawrence.
Designed by the London-based architectural firm Grimshaw, the steel-and-glass Terminal One pays tribute to the design of the earlier three terminals, with a sweeping facade featuring wide expanses of tall windows. Inside, Grimshaw’s design aims for abundant natural light and open sight lines to “reduce the potential for confusion and stress,” says Nikolas Dando-Haenisch, project lead for Grimshaw.
Once departing passengers pass through security, they’ll come to an overlook point where they can survey the restaurant and retail outlets, as well as the paths to their gates, on the floor below. Inside, the terminal will have two main levels: departures on the top and arrivals below, with a mezzanine for airport offices in between. Baggage claim will be on the ground floor.
Terminal One is being built south of Terminal A, on a site once occupied by UPS and U.S. Postal Service buildings. Working on a new site makes for an easier construction experience than what the Port Authority and passengers face at LaGuardia, which is undergoing a massive, $8 billion rebuild while in constant use.
The Terminal One project follows a $120 million upgrade a few years ago to Terminal C, the base of United Airlines, the dominant carrier at Newark Liberty. That renovation included a major upgrade in food service. The Terminal One plan also calls for new and better dining options than at Terminal A. The concessions at the new terminal, which will be operated by Munich Airport International, a subsidiary of Munich International Airport, will aim to include dining options with a Garden State twist. No restaurants have been announced yet.
The Port Authority has yet to determine which airlines will use Terminal One. Terminal A is now home to Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American and JetBlue.