NEW YORK—MCR joined hundreds of construction workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport this week to top out the TWA Hotel’s first hotel structure. Once complete, the TWA Hotel will preserve Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center, adaptively reusing the terminal as a hotel with 505 guestrooms, 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, and a variety of food, beverage and retail options.
One of the largest construction projects in New York City, the TWA Hotel will create more than 3,700 permanent and construction union jobs, with approximately 300 union construction workers on-site daily. The TWA Hotel is slated to open in early 2019.
“Since the TWA Hotel groundbreaking with Governor Cuomo less than one year ago, our team has been hard at work breathing new life into Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center terminal and developing one of the most iconic hotels in the world,” said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and Morse Development. “This topping out brings us one step closer to reviving this treasured landmark and reopening it to the public for generations to come.”
Featuring an off-grid cogeneration plant, the two low-rise hotel structures are set back on either side of the terminal, designed to defer to the historic landmark. Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center terminal building will serve as the hotel lobby. Hotel guests and passengers from every terminal will have access to the TWA Hotel via the AirTrain as well as through the famous Saarinen passenger tubes that connect directly to JFK’s Terminal 5.
The TWA Hotel will also house a Jet Age and mid-century modern museum that will chronicle the mid-century modern design era and the rise of the Jet Age, exhibiting mid-century furniture, TWA uniforms, David Klein destination posters, inflight amenities and other TWA memorabilia—much of which has been donated by the TWA employee community.
MCR’s redevelopment of the TWA Flight Center, which involves 22 federal, state, and city agencies, is an entirely privately funded investment.