JFK Millennium Partners sign safety pledge to Terminal 6 construction crew

Courtesy of Mira Zaki

JFK Millennium Partners (JMP), the development company that started construction on Terminal 6 at John F. Kennedy International Airport last year, held a safety pledge commitment event earlier this month.

More than 5oo construction workers, who are working on the $4.2 billion project slated to open in 2026, attended the event and signed a safety agreement with Gary LaBarbera, President of the NY State Building and Construction Trades Council, and JMP’s interim CEO Steve Thody. Construction union representatives were also at the March 14 event.

The event was co-sponsored by JMP’s design-build partner AECOM Hunt and LaBarbera. The employees are working on the massive project that is likely house a new international terminal for JetBlue.

Thody highlighted the importance of safety and security in the crew’s daily work environment.

“Keeping our workers healthy and safe is paramount to our project’s success. I’m grateful to have such a skilled local workforce by our side, always looking out for one another as we build our future T6 icon, set to open in early 2026,” he said.

LaBarbera added that the Terminal 6 project is creating thousands of union jobs that are “revitalizing our economy,” he said. He echoed the emphasis on prioritizing safety at the job site.” This is a critical component to completing the project in a skillful and timely manner and most importantly, ensuring workers return home to their families happy and healthy every single day,” he said.


Pictured from left to right: James Broughton, Lead Senior Site Safety Manager, AECOM Hunt; Derek Thielmann, Vice President, Design & Construction, JMP; Steve Thody, interim CEO, JMP; Gary LaBarbera, President, NY State Building & Construction Trades Council; John Girardi, Deputy Director, Design & Construction, JMP and Billy Racky, Vice President, Field Operations at AECOM Hunt.  Courtesy of Airport Voice


The safety pledge lists commitments to workers on the construction site, including health and safety protections, collaboration between team members, and maintaining resources to fulfill the project development.

Derek Thielmann, JMP’s vice president of design and construction, added that a safe project is typically a successful project. “Thanks to this dedicated local workforce, we are staying healthy and safe every single day as we build our future legacy at JFK airport,” Thielmann said.

In addition to the pledge, five workers were honored with prizes for going above and beyond in participating in the project’s safety programs. T6 workers are recognized at their monthly ‘Safety Stand-down’ events, which have been held since the start of the project. The winners are awarded Yeti -coolers at the events.

The construction of Terminal 6 is part of The Port Authority’s massive $19 billion JFK Vision Plan, which involves a total makeover of JFK International Airport.