The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has broken new ground with the LaGuardia Airport Terminal B Redevelopment Project by incorporating state-of-the art technology and improving the passenger experience and parking capacity. This $4 billion program is the largest public-private partnership in the United States and is 2/3 privately financed. Among the project’s several elements is the addition of an 8-level, 3,100 space parking structure surrounded by active roadways on three sides and a FAA control tower.
Construction started 6 months into the start of planning and design, which included designing the all-precast structure free of cumbersome shear walls and for enhanced security of the garage and adjacent structures, all while completing its construction in two years concurrent with completion of design.
Planning, designing, constructing, and opening this facility for a public agency in about two years could only be done as a partnership between the Owner, Contractor, and Designer, under a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangement through innovation, creativity, technical excellence, and a willingness to do what was necessary as a unified team to make it happen.
Success on a project is defined by delivering that project on schedule, on budget, with the highest quality and level of safely, and to the satisfaction of the Owner. Despite numerous, obstacles, changes, preferences, opinions, and extensive reviews, the Terminal B Garage achieved these measures of success and will undoubtedly serve as a model that will provide future value and benefit to the engineering profession, to this alternate method of delivery, and to public transportation agencies. This abstract will examine the project delivery process and offer suggestions for further improvements, including opportunities for additional design efficiencies and time savings for delivery of future projects.
LaGuardia Partners (LGP): Developer
Skanska Walsh Joint Venture (SWJV): Design/Builder
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ): Owner