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Marilyn Jordan Taylor

Architect Designs ‘Garden’
For New Israeli Terminal

Text and Photo by Tim Boxer

ORE than 240 architects, designers, engineers and builders packed an Israel Bonds luncheon to honor urban designer Marilyn Jordan Taylor.  The event at the St. Regis in New York topped $3.8 million in bond sales.

Taylor, whose firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is designing the new Penn Station, told us of her love affair with Israel.

“Eight years ago my partners and I decided we’d work on a new terminal at Ben-Gurion Airport.”

The current turmoil delayed the terminal’s opening last year. Taylor expects the opening to be held next year.

“Ben-Gurion will be the world’s first stone airport,” she said. “As you come into the terminal you will come into a garden.”

Israeli Consul General Alon Pinkas noted the number of times Israel struck out trying to reach a settlement with Palestinians.

“We’ve negotiated more cease fires than Roger Clemens has wins,” he remarked, alluding the New York Yankees pitcher who became only the 21st pitcher in history to win 300 games.

“We’ve been experiencing little 9/11’s every day for almost three years,” he added.

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