UK-based design and project management consultancy Atkins has been appointed by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) to design the Tampa International Airport expansion in the US.
Work on the 3,300-acre airport's updated masterplan includes the expansion of the main terminal transfer level and upgrading its concession area to enhance the airport's revenue stream.
Atkins aviation architecture national market leader Darryl McDonald said that the company will be providing part of the schematic design effort for expanding the main terminal transfer level and redeveloping concessions at all landside and airside facilities.
"We will also be working on designs to relocate the automated people mover (APM) shuttle lobby, create way-finding signage, and make a variety of terminal refurbishments and seating improvements," McDonald said.
Scheduled to be completed in 2014, the project also involves developing the design for a new, centralised concessions distribution warehouse, in addition to transferring the automated people mover (APM) stations in the main terminal transfer level.
The project is expected to improve the overall aesthetics and operational layout of the landside terminal transfer area, which would boost the airport experience for passengers and airport visitors.
Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said that the masterplan adopts a measured approach to capital investment, so that the airport can be expanded incrementally as passenger demand dictates.
"It also takes advantage of the airport's groundbreaking original design, which offers plug-and-play expansion by building a new airside attached to the main terminal," Lopano said.
The master plan for the $2.5bn three-phased expansion project was approved in April 2013, with proposed expansions to be completed through to 2041, which would boost the airport's passenger capacity to 34.7 million passengers per year.
Image: A rendering for Tampa International Airport Main Terminal transfer level expansion. Photo: courtesy of Atkins.