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Tampa International Airport makes progress on Phase 2 of master plan

Tampa International Airport is on track with construction on Phase 2, which includes 16 new express curbsides for passengers without checked baggage, a 35-acre SkyCenter commercial development around the rental car center and a central utility plant that will serve the main terminal.

Here are the latest updates the airport shared in its November meeting on the projects within Phase 2.

Express curbsides

The new express curbsides are being built for passengers who do not have luggage to check in. The express lanes will allow passengers with carry-on bags and boarding passes to quickly access the transfer level.

The airport started work on the curbsides recently.

The blue side express curbs, of which there will be eight, will be open in 2022.

The red side curbs, which there will be eight of and construction will begin once the airport’s administration building is demolished, are scheduled for completion in 2024, according to the airport.

The expansion will bring 16 new lanes, doubling the total number to 32.

Departing guests will take an escalator or elevator straight to the transfer level, then hop on a shuttle to the airsides. Those without a boarding pass will be able to print one out along the way at kiosks. Colorado-based contractor Hensel Phelps will build the new curbsides while Missouri-based infrastructure design firm HNTB is responsible for the design.

SkyCenter commercial development

SkyCenter One, a nine-story office tower at Tampa International Airport, is under construction and celebrated a groundbreaking on Thursday.

The 270,000-square-foot office building is part of the airport’s new SkyCenter development, a mixed-use project on airport property that also includes a new hotel, an atrium with a roof terrace and pedestrian bridge connecting the rental car center to SkyCenter One and potentially another office tower, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.

Jacksonville’s VanTrust Real Estate won the contract to develop SkyCenter One and a new parking garage on the site.

J.E. Dunn is the general contractor; HOK is designing the building.

The steel metal for the pedestrian walkway is expected to be raised soon.


The airport recently demolished the old rental car garage.

Hensel Phelps will complete the blue side demolition and utility relocation.

State-of-the-art central utility plant

The 10,000-square-foot building will be responsible for the heating and air conditioning of the main terminal and the main terminal SkyConnect station.

Construction on the new facility is slated to start in early 2020 and is expected to be completed by summer 2021.

The entire master plan has three phases. Phase 3 involves the construction of a new Airside D with 16 gates for domestic and international flights. Phase 2 has a current budget of roughly $543.8 million. The cost to date is roughly $67 million.

The airport said the majority of the work for Phase 2 has been awarded but more work will be awarded in the next two years.

The purpose of the master plan is to help the airport serve up to 34 million passengers.


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