Construction has officially topped out on the TWA Hotel At JFK International Airport, one year after groundbreaking on December 15, 2016. The hotel breathes new life into the adjacent iconic, 1962 Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center, which will become the hotel's lobby, maintaining an accurate vintage feel and will feature a museum/ exhibition space open to the public. In addition to the 200,000 SF vintage Flight Center lobby, the hotel will bring 505-hotel rooms, 50,000 SF of meeting and event space, as well as 8 restaurants, 6 lounges and bars, and a 10,000 SF public observation space. The hotel is being developed by MCR, with Beyer Blinder Belle overseeing the restoration of the TWA Flight Center and Lubrano Ciavarra designed the hotel. In the early fall of 2017 the TWA Lounge opened on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center, serving as a bit of a preview of the museum, hotel and restoration of the TWA Flight Center. The TWA Hotel is expected to welcome its first guests in early 2019.
“Since the TWA Hotel groundbreaking with Governor Cuomo less than one year ago, our team has been hard at work breathing new life into Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center terminal and developing one of the most iconic hotels in the world,” said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and Morse Development. “This topping out brings us one step closer to reviving this treasured landmark and reopening it to the public for generations to come.”
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