Simon Design, as part of the design/build team, revised the original structural system, footprint, and column grid to facilitate fabrication of the structural steel and precast components to provide significant savings in cost, time, and construction efforts.

This 650,000 square foot, six-level parking structure provides parking for over 1,500 vehicles and services JetBlue Airways’ expanding Terminal 5 operations at the John F. Kennedy International Airport. In order to maintain the project delivery date and to allow for additional utilities, the existing utilities were not relocated prior to construction. Despite efforts, considerable conflicts with existing underground utilities resulted in approximately fifty percent of the foundations being redesigned during construction.

Simon Design worked closely with the Contractor to keep pile-driving and construction operations going as the foundation structural redesign was being done in real-time with construction. By using BIM technology, in conjunction with the steel and precast manufactures, Simon Design was able to accurately layout and design the project foundations and superstructure relative to the known and realized existing conditions. The BIM model also aided in the steel and precast integration in order to facilitate the project schedule and reduce conflicts.

Many large and small scale changes were made to the original design; one such change was the elevator core location. Simon Design recognized the benefits of relocating the core such as a shortened project delivery schedule and a better pedestrian flow. These on-the-fly changes required services beyond typical EOR. Simon Design worked in close coordination with the Port Authority to provide design/ build guidance, assistance, and oversight while maintaining professional integrity and exceeding the Owner’s best interests.

Simon Design provides JetBlue Airways with the following services: Conceptual Project Design, Project Programming, Value Engineering and Management, Parking Consulting, Structural Engineer of Record, Project Coordination, Material Evaluation Services, Quality Assurance, and Project Closeout.