A number of the country’s largest construction projects are set to hit major development milestones in 2023.

Priced from the hundreds of millions to the tens of billions, these developments-in-progress are notable for their size, impact and importance to their respective sectors. They include an NFL stadium, a major airport expansion and a massive manufacturing plant.

Below are just a few of the projects we are planning to keep an eye on in the year ahead:

Buffalo Bills’ stadium

Orchard Park, New York
$1.4 billion

A rendering of the interior of the Buffalo Bills stadium, showing stands and the field.
Retrieved from Buffalo Bills on January 25, 2023

This spring, a Gilbane-Turner JV will begin construction on the $1.4 billion stadium for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, New York, with plans to finish the project before the 2026 season. Kansas City, Missouri-based Populous will serve as architect.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul approved the stadium project last March. Several contributors will fund the project, which will be among the most expensive ever built. The Bills and the NFL will provide $550 million, Erie County $250 and New York state $600 million. Per an agreement with the state, the stadium must include at least 60,000 seats.

Renderings released in October show the stadium will be open air, and feature a stacked seating design — which the franchise said will make crowd noise more deafening. Additionally, extensive radiant heating will keep fans comfortable during the harsh upstate New York winter.

The JV will build the yet-to-be-named stadium on Abbott Road, across from Highmark Stadium, which will continue to serve as the Bills’ home field for the time being.

JFK Airport expansion projects

New York City
$14.2 billion

Rendering of vast airport space with floor to ceiling windows on the right and skylights above.
Courtesy of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The terminal projects at John F. Kennedy International Airport are part of its transformation to accommodate dramatic expected growth in coming years. The $400 million Terminal 8 modernization began in 2019 and wrapped in 2022, but other elements are still underway. In the coming year, construction is expected to advance on Terminals 1, 4 and 6.

The $9.5 billion Terminal 1 project broke ground in September 2022 and will be completed in three phases. The design-build team is composed of AECOM Tishman and Gensler. Work entails building 23 new gates, retail, dining and an indoor green space on the old sites of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. It’s expected to open to passengers in 2026 and be fully complete by 2030.