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October 25, 2022

Arup and SOM to oversee Newark Liberty Airport redevelopment

In alliance with SOM, Arup will develop a blueprint to support the airport’s growth and improve its resiliency and sustainability.

Aviation planning and design firm Arup has been selected by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the US to develop a vision plan for the redevelopment of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in association with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

Under the contract, Arup will be responsible for developing a comprehensive development plan and blueprint.

This will be aimed at supporting the airport’s growth, identifying opportunities for improving the facility’s sustainability and resiliency,  as well as enhancing the travel experience.

Arup project director and Americas east aviation leader Tom Kennedy said: “We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Port Authority to position Newark Liberty International Airport as a global gateway for New Jersey and the tri-state area.

“The Arup team, including SOM and over 20 other firms, including many from the Newark and Elizabeth area, are committed to supporting the Port Authority in creating a model for a sustainable and community-focused hub that can help reduce our impact on the climate, and at the same time foster economic growth for a more resilient future.”

Both Arup and architecture firm SOM will offer a framework to handle projected passenger and cargo growth through 2065 after assessing the current capacity of the airport.

Additionally, the duo will manage architectural, planning, engineering, and business development services at the airport.

SOM managing partner Laura Ettelman said: “Newark Liberty International Airport is a foundational piece of our transportation network, connecting New Jersey, New York, and beyond to the world.

“SOM is honoured to partner with Arup and the Port Authority to reimagine, revitalise, and future-proof the EWR campus.

“Working together, we will create a more sustainable, efficient campus with increased capacity and smoother operations for airlines, and above all, elevate the passenger experience.”

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