The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a Request for Proposals to three private development teams for a design-build contract for the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International (EWR).

Following a request for qualifications issued late last year, the three shortlisted teams are Skanska Walsh II, a joint venture with HOK as lead designer; TLV Alliance, a joint venture between Turner Construction Company and Lend Lease (US) LM with Gensler as lead designer; and Tutor Perini/Parsons, a joint venture with STV as lead designer.

The three firms – deemed qualified after a thorough technical review that included financial capability, past project experience and safety record – have been asked to submit proposals for the design and construction of the new Terminal A by early fall, with the selected team expected to be chosen by the end of the year.

“The use of design-build for this project highlights our commitment to use project delivery mechanisms that incentivize innovative ideas and transfer project delivery risk to the private sector, where it makes sense,” says Pat Foye, executive director of PANYNJ. “The agency allowed its aviation facilities to fall behind the times in recent decades, but this initiative is a critical part of our recommitment to modernizing our airports.”

EWR’s current Terminal A was built in 1973 and is undersized for current needs, PANYNJ says. The selected team will be expected to enter into a fixed-cost design-build contract, intended to incentivize design innovation and transfer construction risk to the development team, with delays and cost overruns being the responsibility of the developer.

The new facility will include 33 gates, a 3,000-space parking garage and related infrastructure improvements. It will have the capacity to accommodate 13.6 million passengers annually, while retaining flexibility for future growth and expansion, serve larger aircraft and meet changes in passenger demand. The new terminal is scheduled for a partial opening in 2020, with the facility fully operational in 2022.