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The former TWA terminal traded airliners for a fleet of heavy machinery.
TWA Hotel Construction

Construction

Building character: An NYC force is transforming TWA's former terminal.

Since fall 2016, more than 400 tradespeople led by Turner Construction Company have showed up every weekday — nevermind freezing rain and heatwaves — to construct two new hotel wings, install penny tile, gingerly replace one-of-a-kind windows and coat their beloved landmark in a fresh coat (or five) of paint. 

 TWA Hotel Contruction

Raising the Roof

Watch as two, six-story hotel wings holding 512 guestrooms take shape behind the iconic Eero Saarinen landmark.

A Mighty Crew

The TWA Hotel's craftspeople put heart, soul and a whole lot of muscle into every last weld. Click through to see some of the faces who make the magic happen.

TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team
TWA Hotel Construction Team

Building by the Numbers

12
Miles of LED Lighting
33
Staircases
35
Trades Working Onsite
52
Subcontractors
174
Firms Working on the Project
450+
Daily Construction Workers Per Day
1,000
Cubic Yards of Concrete Poured for Connie's "Tarmac"
3,000
Construction Jobs Created
20,000
Square Feet of New Penny Tile Installed
74,000
Cubic Feet of Sand Donated to the National Park Service for Spring Creek Park
600,000
Square Feet of Project Space

A Hotel Rises

Dark since 2001, Eero Saarinen's landmark has undergone many stages of construction in preparation for its bright future as a hotel. Flip through to see some snapshots, including the day the lights came back on!

October 2016: And we're off! The restoration of Eero Saarinen’s landmark begins.
TWA Hotel Construction
February 2017: Bulldozers begin to dig four flights down to create an events center. The sand is donated to restore a local shoreline.
TWA Hotel Construction
February 2017: As an excavator hums, the landmark awaits an addition for its new fitness center.
TWA Hotel Construction
July 2017: Workers prepare for the installation of underground plumbing in the cellar.
TWA Hotel Construction
July 2017: Teams secure the foundation for one of the two hotel guestroom wings.
TWA Hotel Construction
September 2017: While digging the events center, 4,000 gallons of water per minute are pumped out of the site.
TWA Hotel Construction
October 2017: Cranes lower the rebar down for installation on the foundation wall of the events center.
TWA Hotel Construction
November 2017: The hotel guestroom wings stretch higher into the sky.
TWA Hotel Construction
November 2017: As cranes deliver materials to the workers below, the west wall of the south hotel wing is formed.
TWA Hotel Construction
December 2017: Before the installation of underground plumbing, structural work is completed in the cellar.
TWA Hotel Construction
January 2018: New concrete forms the loading dock surrounding the future elevator banks.
TWA Hotel Construction
January 2018: In preparation for pouring concrete, workers form the deck of the south hotel wing's first floor.
TWA Hotel Construction
January 2018: Custom cut windowpanes for the former terminal — each one a different size — arrive!
TWA Hotel Construction
January 2018: Painters prime the exterior of the landmark building.
TWA Hotel Construction
January 2018: The north hotel wing tops off and the south tower begins to emerge.
TWA Hotel Construction
January 2018: Windows are installed in the landmark building.
TWA Hotel Construction
February 2018: The north and south hotel wings rise, flanking the Saarinen building.
TWA Hotel Construction
February 2018: Installation of the 4.5-inch-thick glass curtain wall continues.
TWA Hotel Construction
May 2018: Workers hoist a window panel into position at a hotel guestroom wing.
TWA Hotel Construction
July 2017: Framing commences for the rooftop pool.
TWA Hotel Construction
July 2018: Hallways are framed and sheetrocked inside both hotel wings.
TWA Hotel Construction
July 2018: Looking good! One of 512 guestrooms gets sheetrocked.
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August 2018: The hotel's power plant nears completion on the roof of the north hotel building.
TWA Hotel Construction
September 2018: Inside the hotel wings, guestrooms and public spaces are built.
TWA Hotel Construction
December 2018: Just-poured asphalt lets off a little steam.
TWA Hotel Construction
December 2018: Let there be light! The hotel wings brighten thanks to an off-grid, onsite power plant.
TWA Hotel Construction

Inside the 512-Room TWA Hotel

Eero Saarinen’s iconic 1962 landmark is reigniting the magic of the Jet Age.

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Get a Glimpse of the Guestrooms

TWA Hotel’s 512 midcentury modern guestrooms are ultra-quiet.

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Book an Event for 2019 and Beyond

TWA Hotel’s 50,000 square feet of event space holds up to 1,600 people.

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