Construction and development firm Skanska USA and design firm HOK have completed the $154m expansion and renovation of Tampa International Airport’s main terminal in the US.
The upgraded terminal will enhance the passenger experience, improve wayfinding and expand concession options for travellers.
The design-build team of the two companies led the redevelopment of the main terminal and concessions programme, which is part of the first phase of the airport’s master plan expansion. Construction commenced in 2014.
The work is part of a three-phase expansion and modernisation that will allow Tampa Airport to accommodate up to 34 million passengers annually.
The airport served 21 million passengers in 2018 and is projected to continue to grow in 2019.
As part of the main terminal renovation, additional areas have been created for passengers to rest, conduct business or enjoy family time.
Skanska led the main terminal transfer level expansion and redevelopment of the airport’s main terminal and functional improvements to airsides A, C, E and F.
Under the transfer level expansion, the former east and west outdoor decks have been raised, four transfer-level terraces have been created, all four shuttle car lobbies have been relocated to the airsides, and the former airside D shuttle lobby has been removed to create space for a food court.
Improvement was made to the ticket and baggage claim wayfinding signage.
In addition to improving sight lines across the floor, the redeveloped main terminal also creates additional seating areas; intermixes airside concessions; and makes four outdoor terraces accessible to meters-greeters, passengers and employees with two terrace spaces for restaurants.
The airside functional improvements for all gate lounges included power poles, seating options, recycle units plus the interwoven concessions.
The project has added 98,000ft² of new enclosed and useable space and 69 concessions spaces in five facilities.
Work included the installation of 32 new escalators and renovation of all 24 public elevators in the main terminal.
HOK has provided architecture, landscape architecture, interior and lighting design and sustainable consulting services for the terminal and airside project.
The passenger terminal features sustainable design and building methods, which will make it 30% more energy-efficient than current energy required standards.
As part of this historic expansion, the airport also launched a new public arts program that is enhancing its spaces with innovative works of art.
Image: Airside A at Tampa International Airport Main Terminal. Photo: Courtesy of Seamus Payne.