Skanska / HOK Design-Build Team Unveils Terminal Design for Tampa International Airport
The Skanska / HOK design-build team and Tampa International Airport (TPA) revealed the design for a major renovation and expansion of the airport’s main passenger terminal.
Expected to be complete in November 2017, the terminal expansion and modernization is part of an initial expansion phase that will eventually double the capacity of the airport, which currently serves more than 17 million passengers per year, while elevating the travel experience for guests. Led by a design-build partnership between HOK and Skanska, the terminal project builds on TPA’s focus on providing an exceptional guest experience and convenience for customers. The airport ranked among the best in the U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.
The design transforms the existing facility into an open and airy terminal, with primary east- and west-facing curtain wall and metal panels enveloping the terminal’s concrete aesthetic. Custom glass will signify entries into the new shuttle stations. Privacy glass will enclose restaurant and event spaces while delivering natural light deep into the space.
The project adds 55,000 square feet – roughly the size of a football field – to the terminal’s third-floor transfer level. This expanded level will have nearly 15,000 square feet of indoor public seating in addition to large outdoor terraces. Pushing back shuttle enclosures and moving restaurants to the perimeter opens up a central area for new retail complemented by comfortable lounge seating. The increased spaciousness, improved sightlines and ample daylight will provide an enjoyable guest experience and improve wayfinding while accommodating premium concessions and advertising. The design also creates distinct private spaces with work space for business travelers, family areas, green plant zones and art installations.
“We are thrilled to work with such a visionary airport client,” said Leesa Coller, AIA, HOK’s design principal for the project. “TPA was the world’s first airport to use a hub-and-spoke plan, in which passengers are shuttled from a central terminal to satellites, and the first to utilize automated people movers. Based on significant input from stakeholders in the Tampa Bay region, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, and airport officials and staff, our design expands and enhances the original terminal design. TPA will be able to accommodate incremental long-term growth while improving the services it provides to passengers, airlines and all of its tenants.”
For arriving passengers, the customer-friendly experience will begin at one of the airport’s four airsides. “Each airside portrays a distinct aspect of the Tampa Bay area – breezy and beautiful beaches, the region’s vibrant art scene, the city’s rich historic roots or the inherent verdant tropical vegetation – integrated with a new comprehensive concessions program,” said Coller.
“TPA’s vision is to create a new front door to the Tampa Bay community,” added Coller. “The project will directly contribute to regional economic development by making the terminal a true destination.”
Special consideration has been given to the sustainable materials used in the project, such as rectified porcelain floor tiles that permit tight joints, a non-slip surface and resistance to airborne sand. Perforated aluminum ceilings are finished in matte white for higher light reflective and bonded quartz wall panels have been selected for ease of cleaning and the ability to sustain impacts.
HOK is providing architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, lighting design and sustainable consulting services. HOK’s team also is overseeing an airport-wide art program.
The terminal project is a component in TPA’s $943 million Phase I master plan, which includes a new consolidated car rental center and a 1.4-mile automated people mover system.