Work on the second phase of the Main Terminal Modernization (MTM) project at Tampa International Airport, USA, has commenced.
In the coming year, workers will renovate the remainder of the terminal’s restrooms, replace the carpeting on the ticketing level with a combination of new carpeting and tiles, and install signage throughout the terminal.
Airport CEO Joe Lopano commented: “The people who built this airport over 40 years ago came up with a brilliant design that makes Tampa International amazingly easy to use. At the time, it also had what was considered a highly modern interior design. We’re going back to the future with this project, and once again creating a sleek, modern look for the terminal.”
Phase 1 of the $30 million project, which included renovations of half of the terminal’s toilets and the addition of Visitor Information Centers and video walls in the baggage claim area, was completed in late August (see Airports International June 2012 issue or click here for more details).
Phase 2 includes new functional furniture on the transfer level. The walls surrounding the escalators will be replaced with glass to give a brighter and more open feel to the building. The walls around the elevators throughout the terminal will be resurfaced with coloured glass.
Mr Lopano said: “We knew that it was important to keep the red and blue colour scheme that has been a part of the airport’s identity since it opened in 1971.”
Portions of the project on the ticketing and transfer levels will require periodic closure of elevators, escalators and walkways. The MTM is scheduled for completion in October 2013.