The HOK and Skanska design-build team redeveloped the main passenger terminal and expanded the concessions program at Tampa International Airport as part of a modernization to the 1970s-era facility.
The project adds 60,000 square feet of usable space—enough to comfortably fit a football field—to the terminal’s third-floor transfer level. It also adds 38,000 square feet of enclosed areas and 69 new concessions spaces. Four new outdoor terraces provide places for passengers to relax and enjoy the breezes and sunset views of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
HOK’s design creates a unified, visually accessible space across the east-west axis on the third floor. Pushing back shuttle enclosures and moving restaurants to the perimeter opened a central area for shops, work space for business travelers, a family zone, public art and comfortable lounge seating.
The design integrates the soft colors of Tampa’s beaches and bay as well as the lush greens and brightly colored local flora. Privacy glass in restaurant and event spaces allows for more natural light.
Airside improvements for all gate lounges include power poles, new seating options, recycle units and integrated concessions.
Sustainable design strategies are projected to make the expansion 30 percent more energy efficient than required by current energy standards.