On November 17, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board received an update on the progress of the new South Terminal Complex for Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO).
Curtis Fentress, President and CEO of Fentress Architects, in collaboration with General Consultant Schenkel Shultz and Architect of Record HNTB, presented the board with his proposed vision and 30% design for the $1.8 billion Terminal C, Phase 1 project.
Fentress presented the Board with conceptual drawings for several aspects of the South Terminal’s features including the Town Square and Palm Court interior concepts. The designs incorporate beauty, efficiency, convenience and innovative concepts such as creating an arrivals experience on the terminal’s upper level.
“We want to go beyond The Orlando Experience to the future,” said Mr Fentress. “Using our touchstones of design, we want to create a timeless design for the passenger experience now and for generations to come.”
Key design elements support the central theme of “The Boulevard”, which connects civic areas and provides a unique customer experience. The airport said the Boulevard theme: “reinforces the campus vision through purposeful landscape and unifying elements such as imaginative multi-media areas and dynamic concessions.”
During the presentation, board members provided input for the continuing evolution of the design. The board then voted to approve the vision and design as presented along with authorising the start of construction. The airport said building work could begin as early as the first quarter of 2017 with completion by the summer of 2020.
“Our community is building and growing so we need to enhance our ability to handle the expected increase in visitors,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman. “As the premier global gateway into Central Florida, meeting the rising demand and maintaining the highest travel standards is our responsibility.”
“Today’s travellers to Central Florida demand a memorable experience, so it is essential that we strive to stay at the forefront of design, innovation, customer care and improved connectivity,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Executive Director Phil Brown. “Our challenge is to provide state-of-the-art services and facilities at an affordable cost.”