The jury is still out on what kinds of infrastructure projects President Donald Trump means to build nationally. But New York governor Andrew Cuomo wasn’t waiting for Washington’s go-ahead when he announced the latest in a series of major infrastructure projects for the New York City area.
On January 4, the governor proposed spending $10 billion on an overhaul of one of the nation’s busiest airports, John F. Kennedy International. The plan calls for creating a single large terminal building. (Renderings, released by the governor, were created by Ricondo & Associates, an aviation consultancy based in Chicago; architects have yet to be chosen.) The airport’s older terminals, with the exception of Eero Saarinen’s landmarked TWA Flight Center, would be torn down or significantly altered. The new $8 billion terminal would be privately funded and—like a $4 billion HOK-designed terminal now under construction at LaGuardia Airport—would be run in part by public-private partnerships. The governor also plans to spend about $2 billion of public funds on improved road access to the airport.