Ground broken on Tampa Airport’s phase II of curbsides expansion project


Tampa International Airport (TPA) in the US has broken ground on the second phase of its curbside expansion project.

The master plan expansion involves the addition of 16 new express curbsides, including eight on the blue side and eight on the red side, for passengers without checked luggage.

TPA CEO Joe Lopano said: “This groundbreaking and this phase of the Master Plan is all about innovation and preparing for the future.

“We are seeing what is coming at us, and we’re being proactive in preparing for the future.”

The airport plans to open the blue side curbsides in 2022 while the red side curbs, which will begin once the airport’s current administration building is demolished, are planned to be opened in 2024.

Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA), which owns the TPA, chairman Robert Watkins said: “This new curbside project is part of an expansion plan that will allow this airport to serve 34 million passengers every year – and that matters.

“As this community – and state – continues to prosper and grow, this airport must also continue to grow to serve it.”

Hensel Phelps is the contractor for building the new curbsides, while HNTB is responsible for the design.

Additionally, the airport’s Phase 2 master plan projects include a Central Utility Plant, which will help the airport run more efficiently and sustainably; concessions loading dock; and the demolition of the airport’s old administration building.

The second phase also includes the SkyCenter development area, a 35-acre site located near the Rental Car Center.

The site, which will be transformed into a new nine-storey office building, hotel, and new retail space, will also feature a connection to Tampa Bay’s regional trail system.

HNTB senior vice-president Len Becker said: “Tampa International Airport is being recognized internationally for its thought leadership and innovation associated with the curbsides.

“These will further enhance the customer experience while improving operations and preparing for a new airside.”
The third and final phase of TPA’s expansion involves the construction of a new Airside D.

Image: Rendering of TPA’s curbside expansion project. Photo: courtesy of Tampa International Airport.

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