JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at Kennedy Airport: Green But No LEED

JetBlue’s new $743 million Terminal 5 at JFK will preserve the historic Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal and include some important advanced building technologies, but won’t pursue a LEED rating.

Despite its green design features, JetBlue’s new $743 million Terminal 5 at Kennedy Airport will not be seeking a LEED rating. The project’s planning and design management firm Arup has deemed certification “not possible because of the airport’s existing energy infrastructure.”

Architect Gensler’s design for T5 includes extensive daylighting and windows, and given JetBlue’s commitment at the corporate level to sustainability, it’s a bit curious that the project will not pursue certification from USGBC, though precise details about how JFK’s electrical grid precludes a LEED application are not available .T5 will give travelers the option of walking through Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal, a modernist landmark that has been incorporated into the T5 design program.

The terminal is scheduled to open on October 1; the rest of the project team included construction managers Turner, civil engineers DMJM Harris, and interiors by David Rockwell. T5 will be the first airport terminal to open in the U.S. since September 11; check out extensive images of the project via the links below.

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