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John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue Terminal Sculptural Installation in New York, New York. Rendering courtesy Rockwell Group (left), Nic Lehoux photo (right)

John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue Terminal Sculptural Installation

  • COMPLETION DATE
    2008

Overview

Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering for a sculptural installation of fanned cables supporting an LED display and a concourse-level grandstand as part of the tenant build-out for the new JetBlue Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The installation is composed of 43 40-inch monitors connected to form a nine-ton, 38-foot-wide by 48-foot-long oval suspended from the ceiling by 244 stainless steel cables attached to 480 points on the oval. The main challenge faced by the design team was keeping the suspension cables in tension. Robot software was utilized to provide the necessary analysis to keep the cables from slacking and disrupting the architectural design.

The digital signage ring complements the JetBlue brand and enhances the travel experience for customers by broadcasting JetBlue logos, advertising, entertainment videos and travel updates.

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