The second tower of the TWA hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport topped out recently, a spokeswoman for the developer said Monday.
Additionally, a seven-layer soundproof glass facade near the north tower is close to completion, which will make the hotel one of the quietest hotel rooms in the world, according to the spokeswoman.
The hotel, which is expected to open in early 2019, will hold a 505-guestroom luxury space around the landmarked TWA Flight Center terminal, which has been in the dark for more than 15 years.
The Eero Saarinen-designed flight center, opened in 1962, will serve as the hotel’s lobby and will be in the middle of two buildings that will hold the rooms.
The terminal, which will be preserved in its original state, will host six restaurants and four bars, with one of the eateries being a food hall for up-and-coming restaurateurs.
Guests can access the rooms from the lobby through interconnected tunnels.
The terminal closed in 2001 because it was too small to accommodate modern aircraft, and has been unused since. A space will be dedicated for a museum with mementoes from TWA and the Jet Age. The project is expected to generate 3,700 permanent and construction union jobs and is 100 percent privately funded.
It will be the first hotel built within JFK Airport’s property line.