Monday, July 20, 2015

by Verena DobnikJet-setting stallions and high-flying hounds at New
York’s Kennedy Airport can look forward to a new luxury terminal that
will handle the more than 70,000 animals flying in and out every year.

The ARK at JFK, its name inspired by Noah’s biblical vessel, will
more than measure up to terminals for humans: Horses and cows will occupy
sleek, climate-controlled stalls with showers, and doggies will lounge in
hotel suites featuring flat-screen TVs.
A special space for penguins will allow them mating privacy.
The ARK is billed as the world’s first air terminal for animals.
Set to open next year, the $48 million, 178,000-square-foot shelter and
quarantine facility will take in every kind of animal imaginable - even an
occasional sloth or aardvark.
From here, they’ll head to barns, cages, racetracks, shows and
competition venues in the United States and abroad.
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A rendering of Paradise 4 Paws, a holding area for dogs in a new luxury
terminal at New York’s John F.
Kennedy International Airport.
(Photo: Classic Communications courtesy of ARK Development/AP)Many arriving
animals are quarantined for a period of time (for horses, it’s normally
about three days) to make sure they’re not carrying contagious
diseases.
And The ARK is designed to make their stay as pleasant as possible, with
hay-lined stalls for up to 70 horses and 180 head of cattle, plus an aviary
and holding pens for goats, pigs and sheep.

For dog owners, The ARK will offer a 20,000-square-foot luxury "resort" run
by the company Paradise 4 Paws, complete with bone-shaped splashing pools,
massage therapy and "pawdicures with colored nail pawlish.
" Dogs can watch flat-screen TVs and their owners can check in on them via
webcam.
Cats will have their own trees to climb.
And all animals will have access to a 24-hour clinic run by Cornell
University’s veterinary college.
Even animals that don’t need to be quarantined - a huge dog that
can’t fit in the cabin and has to travel as cargo, for example - will
be held at the facility until departure or pickup by its owner.
"A lot of our design making is in collaboration with veterinarians and
consultants to help minimize the amount of stress placed on the animal," said
Cliff Bollmann, a leading airport architect working on The ARK for the San
Francisco-based architecture firm Gensler.
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SeeKennedy receives the bulk of animals entering the United States, but there
are similar facilities near airports in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San
Juan.
Until Kennedy’s ARK opens, animals in transit will continue to be
handled at the airport’s aging 10,000-foot Vetport, built in the 1950s.
Lachlan Oldaker, an Oklahoma-based equine specialist and key member of the
architectural team, called The ARK "an enormous leap forward.
""The design allows planes to taxi directly to the building, so horses can be
transported in a seamless fashion that reduces stress," she said.
The ARK is being built on the site of an unused cargo terminal that has been
demolished.
ARK Development, an affiliate of the Madison Avenue real estate company
Racebrook Capital, has signed a 32-year lease for the airport property with
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agency that runs Kennedy.
When completed, the facility is subject to approval by the U.
S.
Department of Agriculture.
Animals will be charged fees - still being determined depending on services -
that will help fund the terminal.
High-end dog "suites" could top $100 per night.
Transporting animals by air is not aimed at low-income owners.
A flight to London for a dog can cost about $1,000, plus a crate, airport
fees and vet certifications.
And moving a horse can add up to at least $10,000.
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The
ARK’s designers have had to meet challenges not found in other
architectural projects - for instance, figuring out how to dispose of animal
waste.
They came up with the idea of a "poo chute," an angled floor from which
manure slides into a container.
Among the supporters of this unusual animal kingdom is Dr.
Richard Goldstein, the chief medical officer at New York’s Animal
Medical Center, which treats sick animals of all species from around the
world.
"Our veterinarians have often been in a position of having to arrange
transport for many of our traveling patients at all hours of the day and
night, and will look forward to working with The ARK to make this experience
better for everyone involved," Goldstein said.
But even when it comes to healthy animals, the equine wing is a welcome
improvement to international show jumper and organizer Derek Braun.
Horses must currently be driven to a quarantine facility in Newburgh, about 80
miles north of Kennedy.
The ARK has an in-house quarantine.
"I personally, as well as competitors for my shows, ship so many horses from
Europe each year that having the peace of mind that one step of the travel
process will be eliminated is a big relief because it eliminates part of the
risk of injury," he said.
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When completed, the facility is subject to approval by the U.
S.
Department of Agriculture.
Animals will be charged fees - still being determined depending on services -
that will help fund the terminal.
High-end dog "suites" could top $100 per night.
Transporting animals by air is not aimed at low-income owners.
A flight to London for a dog can cost about $1,000, plus a crate, airport
fees and vet certifications.
And moving a horse can add up to at least $10,000.
Related: Traveling Dog Has Visited 11 Countries and Counting
The
ARK’s designers have had to meet challenges not found in other
architectural projects - for instance, figuring out how to dispose of animal
waste.
They came up with the idea of a "poo chute," an angled floor from which
manure slides into a container.
Among the supporters of this unusual animal kingdom is Dr.
Richard Goldstein, the chief medical officer at New York’s Animal
Medical Center, which treats sick animals of all species from around the
world.
"Our veterinarians have often been in a position of having to arrange
transport for many of our traveling patients at all hours of the day and
night, and will look forward to working with The ARK to make this experience
better for everyone involved," Goldstein said.
But even when it comes to healthy animals, the equine wing is a welcome
improvement to international show jumper and organizer Derek Braun.
Horses must currently be driven to a quarantine facility in Newburgh, about 80
miles north of Kennedy.
The ARK has an in-house quarantine.
"I personally, as well as competitors for my shows, ship so many horses from
Europe each year that having the peace of mind that one step of the travel
process will be eliminated is a big relief because it eliminates part of the
risk of injury," he said.
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 A new terminal at JFK called the ARK is inspired by Noah's biblical
vessel — and will cater to jet-setting pets.

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