PANYNJ EWR Redevelopment Program

EWR Terminal One Redevelopment Program

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is currently undertaking the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Terminal A Redevelopment Program. The new Terminal One will replace Terminal A and is estimated to be three (3) stories high and approximately one million square feet (SF) in area. Terminal One will include a centralized arrivals/departures hub with world-class dual-sided roadways and over 1,000 ft of upgraded curb frontage to ease passenger movement, improved passenger and baggage processing systems, and 3 radiating concourses to service thirty-three (33) aircraft gates. The facility also houses a hospital-grade air filtration system and other amenities like self-check in, self-serve bag drop stations, and biometric upgrades to expedite security screening and offer touchless payment options for concessions.

Arora Engineers, Inc. (Arora) provided Fire/Life Safety and Special Systems engineering and construction administration services for this program under the Tutor Perini Design Build Team as a sub-consultant to STV. In addition, Arora is serving as Master Systems Integrator (MSI) and Technical Systems Expert (TSE) under the electrical contractor Five Star Electric, as well as providing electrical, plumbing and special systems engineering services as a subconsultant to AERO Systems Engineering, Inc. (Aero) for the Airside Gates during design development, construction documents and construction administration phases of work.


Special Systems – Special systems engineering design services provided for the new Terminal One included:

  • Low Voltage Design and Engineering
  • Electronic Video Information Displays (EVIDS)
  • Airline Operations and Support
  • Common Use Systems
  • Emergency Mass Notification
  • Public Address/Audio Paging System
  • Taxi Dispatch Systems
  • Visual Messaging Systems
  • Visual Docking Guidance System
  • Visual Paging
  • Virtual Apron, Control Room, Terminal Operations Center, and Emergency Operation Control Center, which comprise the Integrated Terminal Operations Control Center (ITOCC) – Services included identifying structured cabling for necessary equipment, including Audio, Visual systems and IT systems for workstations, and delivering the complete ITOCC system design
  • Structured Cabling System and Horizontal Backbone (SCS)
  • Telecommunications Spaces (MDF, IDF, Radio Rooms)
  • Telephone (VoIP and Traditional)

Fire/Life Safety – As the lead engineer for Fire Alarm and Fire Protection, Arora performed engineering services for the new vertical structures of the new Terminal One, as well as the Pedestrian Bridge and Generator Building. The Pedestrian Bridge will connect Terminal A to the new parking garage, being designed and constructed separately, adjacent to the P1 Airtrain Station. The standby Generator Building, located south of Terminal A, will support the new facility. The design includes standard wet and dry water-based sprinkler and standpipe systems as well as deluge sprinkler, pre-action sprinkler, and gaseous suppression systems for high value or high challenge assets.

Construction Administration – Arora is providing construction administration for special systems and fire protection engineering services to the design team, which includes reviewing submittals, reviewing RFIs, attending meetings, and performing inspection.

Technical Systems – Arora is providing Technical Systems Expert Services (TSE) to the Functional Systems Expert (FSE) to guide the FSE through construction phase services for the successful integration of airport systems. TSE services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reviewing RFC drawings, and Identifying Performance Criteria vs. Out of Scope Items (Assessment)
  • Reviewing Vendor Shop Drawings, and Coordinating Vendor Interfaces and Shop Drawings with one another
  • Coordinating and Scheduling Third-Party Testing Agencies
  • Developing Special Systems Delivery and Construction Schedule
  • Developing Testing and Commissioning Plan(s)
  • Developing Tracking Mechanisms for Systems Tests and Requests
  • Reviewing Disparate Systems Product Data and Shop Drawing Submittals, Reviewing and Consolidating Shop Drawings
  • Generating Integration Shop Drawings containing Detailed Schematics, Data, Programming and Software, and Process Information for the Integrations between Access Control, CCTV and Fire Alarm Systems

Together with FSE, Arora is verifying that all airport systems and integrations are tested and function in accordance with the design phase documentation, and is assisting in all testing, commissioning and operationalizing of airport systems.

Airside Design – Arora is providing Electrical, Plumbing and Special Systems engineering services for the Airside Gates as part of this redevelopment program, which includes a new 33 gate terminal building and ramp. Services for the Airside Gates are defined as follows:

  • Communications, Data, CCTV, Security supporting PBB’s, PCA, 400Hz, Potable Water, Bag Valet, ADGU, RIDS, eGSE Battery Charging, EFSO and Hydrant fueling system and fiber loop
  • Power supporting Potable Water, Bag Valet, ADGU, RIDS, eGSE Battery Charging, EFSO and Hydrant fueling system
  • Potable Water System and Plumbing
  • EFSO System controls

Arora is responsible for plans, specifications and services related to the design development, construction documents and construction administration.

Outdated Terminal A will be demolished when the new Terminal One is completed. The first new gates in the building are slated to launch in early 2022, along with the new public parking garage and rental car facility. The full completion of the new Terminal A is expected by the end of 2022.

Rendering courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.

  • PANYNJ EWR Redevelopment Program
  • PANYNJ EWR Redevelopment Program
  • PANYNJ EWR Redevelopment Program
  • PANYNJ EWR Redevelopment Program
  • PANYNJ EWR Redevelopment Program
  • PANYNJ EWR Redevelopment Program
  • PANYNJ EWR Redevelopment Program

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


Newark, NJ

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