Jet Blue Terminal T5, JFK Airport



Facade/Daylighting Engineers

Allcraft / The Donaldson Organization


Nic Lehoux


New York, NY


ClearShade IGU CS-U-TB4

Challenge / Intent

In designing JetBlue’s new Terminal 5 at JFK airport, Gensler – inspired by the airline’s promise to return humanity to air travel – focused on efficiency, customer comfort and brand recognition. They chose Panelite to minimize solar heat gain in the large glazed spaces, terminal HVAC costs being among the highest ongoing operating costs for airlines.


To meet the challenge of energy-saving goals, Gensler specified Panelite’s ClearShade IGU as clerestory glazing in the ticketing hall. The tubular honeycomb not only adds another blue branding element, it also controls solar heat gain while allowing generous light transmission, reducing the building’s energy costs and allowing plentiful natural daylight for visitors to enjoy.

The ClearShade units carry a 10-year warranty and provide a low maintenance surface for long-term durability even in the hard Minnesota winters. Framing System and Installation supplied by Top Lite Glazing Contractors.

Environmental Facts

Panelite ClearShade IGU can reduce Solar Heat Gain by 75% while maintaining 48% Visible Light Transmission, reducing energy consumption and costs, and improving user comfort.

Panelite materials contribute to LEED credits, including Daylighting and Views, Regional Materials and Innovation and Design.