School Soundproofing

A photo of several parked aircraft at the gates.

The Port Authority has long taken an active role in the communities it serves. In 1983, the Port Authority first made a commitment to ensure that students in schools close to its airports always have a quiet learning environment. That commitment continues today with the soundproofing work the Port Authority has done in 77 schools around its airports. This includes 45 schools that are impacted by JFK and LaGuardia and 32 impacted by Newark Liberty and Teterboro.

A Comprehensive Program

The scope of the soundproofing program includes the following:

  • Acoustic windows, insulation, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Specifications that meet federal procurement guidelines
  • Sponsorship and administration of federal requirements by the Port Authority
  • Reimbursement of schools by the Port Authority for consultants and contractors
  • Opportunities for local contractors
  • Support of DBE goals approved annually by the FAA

The project is contingent upon federal funding.


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