JetBlue Terminal 5 JFK




Allcraft / The Donaldson Organization


Nic Lehoux


New York, NY


ClearShade IGU CS-U-TB40

“From a design perspective, we were searching for a translucent product that possessed an industrial quality while simultaneously conveying the refined elegance of a light box. As we searched, the only product to meet our needs was the Panelite honeycomb panel. On a macro scale, the exposed honeycombs gave the panel solidity. The face panel had the ability to create an even distribution of light across a wide area, which was needed to convey our desire to create a glowing box within the terminal. Combining these two desires in one panel made the selection of Panelite an easy decision for us.”

– Ty Osbaugh, AIA, Gensler Senior Associate

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.

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. ClearShade carries a 10-year warranty.

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