The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has awarded a $1.24-billion contract for another piece of the $19-billion overhaul of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

A joint venture of Skanska and Halmar International, along with Parsons Corp. as lead designer, won the contract to design and build new roads, utilities and a ground transportation center at the Queens, N.Y., airport, the Port Authority and the JV announced June 26.

The ground transportation center plans call for a 1,950-space multilevel parking facility with electric vehicle charging stations and a timber facade. It would have a 400-ft-long pedestrian bridge connecting to the airport’s new Terminal One, which is also currently under construction. 

The scope of the roadway portion of the project includes reconfiguration of on-airport roads the Port Authority called “confusing” in a press release. Mark Fialkowski, president of Parsons’ mobility business unit, said in a statement that the plan would “simplify” the roadway with two main loops to “create a more travel-friendly experience” for passengers. 

The project also includes construction of retaining walls and bridges, plus utility relocations. 

The contract includes subcontractor participation goals of 20% minority-owned business enterprises, 10% women-owned business enterprises, 3% service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and an emphasis on local businesses. The goals are part of a mandate to more equitably create economic opportunities on capital projects, according to the Port Authority.

Plans to redevelop JFK have been in development for years. The Terminal One project, with an estimated cost of $9.5 billion, broke ground last fall. A $1.5-billion project to expand Terminal 4 and a $4.2-billion project building a Terminal 6 are also currently under construction A $400-million project modernizing and expanding Terminal 8 completed last year. 

“The transformation of JFK into a global gateway that will rival the best in the world would not be complete without the roads, parking and infrastructure to match,” Port Authority Chair Kevin O’Toole said in a statement. 

This latest project is scheduled for completion in 2027 in line with the Terminal One construction.