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Orlando details raft of major capital projects

Orlando International Airport has launched a raft of major projects designed to “enhance operational efficiency, accommodate sustainable growth and expand accessibility”, which are set to commence early in 2015.

The objectives of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s (GOAA) €946 million Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) are to both upgrade and create new facilities that will resolve growth constraints and set the standard for excellence in customer service.

GOAA chairman, Frank Kruppenbacher, explains: “Supporting the dynamic growth in Central Florida has always been the hallmark of our phased development philosophy.

“Sharing in the momentum generated by activity in tourism, medical research and services, and the arts provides a catalyst for job creation and economic vitality.”

The gateway says elements of the CIP include:

1) Maintain existing facilities to standards consistent with The Orlando Experience.

  Renovation of curbside canopies

  Baggage system improvements for increased efficiency

  Airfield projects to maintain gates and handle next generation aircraft

  Replacing Automated People Mover (APM) trains to Airsides 1 & 3

  Roadway resurfacing

  Other terminal projects to enhance the customer service experience

2) Modify and expand facilities to achieve ultimate North Terminal capacity of 45 million passengers.

  Ticket lobby expansion to incorporate new technology and provide greater capacity

  Additional central energy plant

  Restroom renovations at Airside 4

  North Terminal cell phone lot with restrooms

  Ground transportation

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3) Improve international processing to accommodate growth

  Adding international gates to Airside 4 to accommodate new large aircraft

  Expanding Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities

4) Increase multi-modal transportation access

  South Airport APM Complex & Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF)

5) Develop facilities to generate non-aviation revenue

  Development of new travel plaza

GOAA executive director, Phil Brown, says: “Today’s travellers expect a higher level of service, so it is essential that we strive to stay at the forefront of innovation and customer care.

“Our goal is to identify, develop and implement projects that meet the needs of the community and provide an optimal travel experience.”

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Construction work on the ticket lobby, Airside 4 and South Airport APM complex, including the State of Florida sponsored Intermodal Transportation Facility for rail initiatives, will occur simultaneously.

Preliminary work has already begun and major completion of the projects is expected in 2018, and funding sources for CIP projects include airport revenue funds, general aviation revenue bonds (GARBS) and passenger facility charges (PFC).

Due to the large and diverse scope of work, multiple companies will be participating in the construction process, and lead firms include Hensel Phelps for the APM Complex facility and a Turner/Kiewit joint venture for the ITF facility, while Mitsubishi will design and build the new APM train system.

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