JFK and LaGuardia Airport Security Upgrades

New York, NY and Newark, NJ

Two of the world’s largest transportation hubs, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia International Airports collectively connect over 100 million air travelers to their destinations each year, and up-to-date security measures are vital to such important facilities.

In the mid-2000s, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey called for a strengthening of the perimeter security at both of these major airports.

Conti upgraded the JFK and LGA security systems through the installation of a large buoy system, including warning and security buoys in waterways adjacent to LGA and JFK. The scope also required Conti to drive lighted timber and steel piles (19 total piles at LGA and 12 at JFK) and install a Tuffboom barrier system, which are designed to stop unauthorized small water craft traffic. Conti assembled the Tuffboom on-site before installation.

The buoy system consisted of 10 buoys at LGA and 19 at JFK. This included 12 lighted buoy units, each sitting at nearly 11’ with a 5’ diameter and weighing around 3,750 lbs. when fully assembled. The 17 unlighted buoys weighed 1,075 lbs. and stood at over 8’ with a 3’ diameter. The lighted timber piles that complemented the buoy system were each 55’ long and held solar-powered lights.

Conti also performed technically advanced “Aickinstrut” Fencing installation. This special fencing is made of lightweight fiberglass material and reduces the airports’ radio interference.

Conti installed new security measures that strengthen airport defenses and communications.

Project details

Client Port Authority of NY and NJ
Value $5M
Status Completed
Key features

Installation of security buoys (lighted and unlighted)

Driving of lighted timber piles

Installation of “Aickinstrut” fencing

Installation of “Tuffboom” water barriers






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