Beyer Blinder Belle Restores 1962 TWA Flight Center

PROJECT NAME TWA Flight Center
LOCATION New York
FIRM
SQ. FT. 167,000 SQF

Making a pilgrimage to the TWA Flight Center was one of the first things partner Richard Southwick did when he came to New York in 1978 for his master’s in architecture at Columbia University. So it has been gratifying for the firm’s director of historic preservation to head the team that has been working on the landmark for the last 23 years. The Port Authority hired BBB to oversee the stabilization and preservation of the 167,000-square-foot central building, or “headhouse,” as Southwick calls it, which has encompassed removing baggage carousels, replacing the front curtain wall, repairing the roof’s concrete shell, and restoring the iconic sunken lounge. “There’s not a straight line in the building,” he adds. The process involved fixing and laying ceramic tiles (requiring the purchase of some 3 million new ones) on the sweeping curves and ordering carpeting in Saarinen’s custom chili pepper red. Now working with the hotel developers, BBB has been replacing the remaining glazing and bringing the building up to code. Going forward, the firm will ensure that the restaurants and retail planned to occupy what will be one of the world’s largest hotel lobbies are sympathetic to the architecture’s original flights of fancy. View the slideshow for more images.

Project Team: Joe Gall; Charles Kramer; George Beckwith; Lars Moestue: . : Custom Graphics. : Structural Engineer. Gordon H. Smith Corporation: Curtain-Wall, Skylight Consultant. : Lighting Consultant. : Acoustical Contractor. : MEP. : Glass Supplier. David Shuldiner: Curtain-Wall, Skylight Contractor. Beys Specialty: General Contractor. : Custom Tile. : Custom Seating. : Carpet. : Acoustical Ceiling Coating. : Curtain-Wall Gaskets.

> See more from the June 2018 issue of Wifijerez

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