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Newark Liberty International Airport Rail Station


New Jersey<br style='line-height:2px'>New Jersey Transit/Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Prior to joining HAKS, Francisco Ruela, AIA, LEED AP, served as the Project Design Coordinator and Architectural Designer in charge of preparing contract documents for architectural, structural, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection work for the award-winning Newark Liberty International Airport Station on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) Line, New Jersey Transit. 

The new 60,000-square-foot passenger station provides for transfer between trains on the NEC Line and a new extension of the Newark Liberty International Airport Station (formerly known as the Monorail). The project included design of two 1,000-foot island platforms, waiting areas, restrooms, three elevators, six escalators and machine rooms, and a pedestrian concourse that was “rolled out” across the NEC tracks. A third, smaller platform, was designed for the AirTrain. 

The 36-foot pedestrian concourse walkway connecting the two station stops includes spans of 61 feet, 83 feet, and a cantilever span of 21 feet, respectively, 33 feet above active rails. The building structure was designed to be built over the most active portion of the NEC with minimal disruptions to rail traffic and track outages. 

Vertical circulation was provided by a series of elevators, escalators, and stairways. Support spaces include waiting areas, restrooms and utility rooms, as well as airport ticketing offices and baggage handling for further customer convenience. Additional major items included electrical services, power distribution, lighting, emergency and exit lights, packaged air conditioning units and ductwork distribution, space heaters, ventilation fans, water-sanitary drainage, dry/wet pipe sprinkler, and fire alarm/smoke detection systems. 

The project received the Platinum Award from the New York Association of Consulting Engineers.