JFK airport is the fifth busiest in the country, which makes the JFK Radisson hotel one of busiest by default. Built in 1971, this 12 story hotel, constructed on top of a 2 story parking garage, was in need of extensive interior and exterior renovations in 1998.
At the time, this project was the largest in Gardner/Fox history. The interior renovations included gutting the guest room floors to demising walls and corridor walls. Vertical penetrations including stair towers and elevator shafts were retained. The building’s heating and air conditioning systems were replaced with new water source heat pumps and the boilers serving the heat pump systems and domestic hot water were replaced. The elevators were substantially renovated, receiving new motors, cabs and controls.
Public areas, such as the lobby, restaurant, bar, ball room, fitness center, and administrative offices were also gut renovated. Each of these locations required extensive hardwood detailing, and cosmetic upgrades to meet the requirements of the Radisson Hotel company.
Concerning exteriors, every surface on this 12 story building was replaced. This included recladding the walls, new windows, new decorative architectural elements, roof surfaces, and parking decks.
New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, and on this project, neither did Gardner/Fox. We worked around the clock and completed the renovations for a phase occupancy in 8 months.