Construction and development specialist Skanska USA and design firm HOK have finished the $154m expansion and modernisation of the main terminal building at Tampa International Airport in the US.

Construction began in 2014 and the new and upgraded structure will improve the passenger experience and help them to easily find their way. It will also expand concession options for passengers at the airport.

The work forms part of a three-phase expansion and modernisation project and will enable Tampa Airport to manage up to 34 million passengers per annum.

The airport served a record 21 million passengers in 2018 and is expected to continue to grow in 2019.

Skanska was responsible for expanding the main terminal transfer level and redevelopment of the airport’s main terminal and functional improvements to airsides A, C, E and F.

The company raised the former east and west outdoor decks, built four transfer-level terraces, transferred all four shuttle car lobbies to the airsides, and created space for a food court as part of the transfer level expansion.

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“Passengers at Tampa International Airport will benefit from more ample seating areas, selection of dining and shopping options and a look and feel that reflects Tampa’s best attributes.”

Improvements were also made to the ticket and baggage claim way-finding signage.

The redeveloped main terminal building includes improvement across the entire floor, creation of additional seating areas, intermixing of airside concessions, and making four outdoor terraces accessible to meters-greeters, passengers and employees.

Additionally, the airside functional improvements for the gate lounges included power poles, seating options, recycle units and the interconnected concessions.

The project added a total of 98,000ft² of new enclosed and useable space and 69 concessions spaces in five facilities.

Skanska also installed 32 new escalators and modernised all 24 public elevators in the main terminal as part of the project.

Skanska executive vice-president and Florida general manager Michael Brown said: “Our team at Skanska worked in close collaboration with our design partner on this project, HOK, to deliver a main terminal that is more efficient and will better serve the evolving needs of today’s airport passengers.

“With the delivery of this renovation and expansion, passengers at Tampa International Airport will benefit from more ample seating areas, selection of dining and shopping options and a look and feel that reflects Tampa’s best attributes.”

Skanska said that sustainable design and building methods used in the project will make the passenger terminal 30% more energy-efficient.