Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal A

Newark, N.J.

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD and Airport/Transit, Award of Merit

Submitted by: STV

Owner: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Lead Design Firm/Structural Engineer: STV

General Contractor: Tutor Perini/Parsons (Joint Venture)

Civil Engineer: Parsons

MEP Engineers: Michael Meloni, Macon Deve, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Low Voltage Design: Arora Engineers; CTI; NextLyte

Vertical Transportation: CBA

Architects: Grimshaw; AirBiz; Atelier 10; BC Associates; Heintges; Kiku Obata; OCA Architects; SBLD Studio

The 1-million-sq-ft, 33-gate T-shaped terminal is punctuated by an arrivals and departures hall with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large common-use check-in area. A sloping ceiling created by 150-ft-long roof spans allows natural light to enter through diamond-shaped skylights. The terminal also boasts the country’s first fully automatic security checkpoint, with innovative sensor technology to cut wait times. Public art installations showcase more than two dozen local artists whose work highlights the state.

Adverse weather conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the project timeline due to labor shortages and construction material supply chain disruptions. The project team says it adapted swiftly, adjusting the construction schedule and implementing strict safety protocols to ensure continuity of construction without delaying the project schedule.

The terminal has minimal impact on the environment, the team claims. Sustainability components include efficient plumbing fixtures that reduce water demand by nearly half, a cool-roof coating and light-colored pavements to reduce heat gain and heat-island effect, energy-efficient indoor lighting and controls as well as regionally sourced, low-emitting materials and paints to improve indoor air quality. The project also included 1,000 ft of bridge structures to improve departure level access, a 660-ft-long pedestrian bridge linking the terminal with a consolidated rental car facility and 1.5 million sq ft of concrete airfield paving.