JFK Hotel Needs No Grid
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- May 24, 2019 5:41 pm GMT
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The John F. Kennedy International Airport is an embarrassment. It’s mind boggling that New York, arguably the most important city in the world, has such an outdated, sluggish airport. But concerned travellers need not fret. The embattled transportation hub is getting a new hotel that is sure to solve none of its core problems.
All jokes aside, the new TWA Terminal does look pretty neat. The hotel was originally the brainchild of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen. However, right before the airport hotel was slated to open, boeing introduced the gigantic 747, rendering TWA’s planned dimensions unviable. It’s since been re-designed with modern dimensions, although the developer has kept close Saarinen’s aesthetic tastes. That’s to say that it’s all very Mad Men-esque, harkening back to the golden days of flying, before air travel became synonymous with cramped seats and stale pretzels.
There are plenty of cool hotels in the world, but what really makes TWA interesting is how it’ll be powered. The two building, 505 room compound will feature an off the grid power-generation and storage system. Specifically, four Austrian, gas-fired electric generators will deliver 1.5 megawatts to the hotel, which is 50% over the projected need. A battery the size of a mack truck will store excess energy, saving it for peak usage times. The setup will allow TWA to operate completely free of NYC’s grid.
Up until now, no other developers have been willing to go totally off the grid with large projects in the city. This move by TWA could prove very profitable. Properties that feature independant generation systems but still hook up to the grid are charged big fees by Con Ed. If TWA’s bet is successful, other developers may follow suit.