British Airways to Launch LEED at JFK with Terminal 7 Rehab

British Airways’ planned $30 million renovation of Terminal 7 will be the first LEED project anywhere at JFK.

British Airways announced yesterday that it will spend $30 million over the next 18 months to refurbish its Terminal 7 out at JFK International Airport. The project is slated to break ground in June and will be designed by TPG Architecture (which executed the interiors for LEED Gold Court Square Two in Long Island City).

BA plans to pursue first LEED rating to date for any facility at JFK. Specific details on green design features aren’t available yet, but the new terminal will maximize natural daylight and presumably incorporate other LEED-standard credits.

The New York Observer suggests that “modernist furniture, clean lines and general sleekness seemed to be the prevailing theme” for Terminal 7 at yesterday’s unveiling. The airline has already added a number of recent amenities to the terminal, including restaurant, retail, and spa spaces, but major construction efforts will include a new premium check-in pavilion and check-in area for other frequent fliers, as well as significant renovations to a number of the BA lounges that are currently in operation. The airline currently flies eight times daily between JFK and London, as well as daily to Manchester. A rendering of the new terminal from TPG is available through the Observer article linked through below.

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One Response to British Airways to Launch LEED at JFK with Terminal 7 Rehab

  1. Mr. Sustainable Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    I commend BA’s action but greet it with skepticism. BA resisted efforts to make its new terminal at Heathrow even CLOSE to as green as possible. Of course, we also have the question of carbon emissions. So, now that BA has indicated some receptiveness to green itself, we must push the carrier to do much more and faster.