JFK Airfield Hardstands and Deicing

Port Authority of NY & NJ

As the sub-consultant under the Program Management Contract with Port Authority of NY & NJ, DY Consultants have been dedicating its industry-leading airfield planning and project management expertise to the airside infrastructure overhaul at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) since 2018. The JFK airfield redevelopment encompasses construction of new aircraft parking (hardstand) and deicing facilities at western, southern and northern quadrant of the airport, which will relieve the existing airfield congestion and provide additional aircraft parking and deicing capacity to accommodate the forecasted terminal traffic demand, as part of the $15 billion JFK Redevelopment Program announced by the Governor Cuomo’s Office.

The West Airfield Development is one of the many quintessential projects directly under the DY project & design management portfolio. The project is intended to maximize the use of Hangar 15/16/17/19 apron west of the JFK Central Terminal Area (CTA) through a series of work orders pertaining to the asbestos abatement and demolition of existing mothballed hangars/buildings, new aircraft-rated apron pavement, existing pavement rehabilitation, drainage upgrade, installation of glycol capture and recovery system, 5kV ductbank relocation, 480v power distribution relocation, high mast lighting study and lighting design, relocation of Restricted Vehicle Service Road (RVSR), provision of jet blast fence for aircraft power-in and power-out during deicing operations, provision of Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) and Closed-circuit television (CCTV), relocation of Airport Operation Area (AOA) fence, airfield signage and marking.

Upon project completion, the site will provide the airport community with 23 independent hardstand positions during regular operations, and 13 hardstands + 6 deicing pads operating independently during snow events. The project will significantly enhance the JFK airfield capacity and operational resilience during irregular operations (IROPs) and inclement weather. It is also considered as a critical path project for the overall JFK Redevelopment Program as the boosted airfield remote parking capacity could mitigate terminal hardstand constraints during peak CTA Terminal Redevelopment construction and ensures the integrity of the overall system performance.
The DY Program and Project Management team has been leading the airfield hardstands and deicing projects since the beginning of the program initiation (Stage 0/Planning) and delivering remarkable advisory services in alignment with program master vision throughout the project lifecycle. Currently the west airfield redevelopment project has completed the 100% Stage III design as per PANYNJ engineering design standards and the contract package is ready for procurement. In February 2020, a Categorical Exclusions document (CATEX) had been issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the extent of project environmental impact is determined relatively small or insignificant.

The key contributing factors to DY’s success at its airfield project portfolio are beyond the conventional project management roles of administratively monitoring project scope/budget/schedule, but more importantly, applying its extensive airfield technical knowledge in planning, forecasting, programming and simulation to the day-to-day coordination with its multi-disciplinary design team and stakeholder outreach. Equipped with deep understanding of the regulations, compliance, operations and the extremely unique yet complex nature of the airfield system, the DY team has exceled in the communication with external agencies at various governance levels (Federal, State, County) while serving its local airport community.

Right on the course of witnessing the airfield project progression from planning to design, design to construction, and construction to closeout, DY program and project management team is holding onto its reputation of professionalism, expertise and work ethics from its industrial colleagues, as well as the recognition of service quality from its wide array of aviation clients.


  • Program Management