Orlando International Airport, (IATA: MCO) says construction activity will begin soon on its $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex (STC) Phase 1 Terminal C. The airport says that as the project advances toward the anticipated building phase, the design phase is nearly two-thirds complete. The design team of Fentress Architects, HNTB and Schenkel Shultz recently reached the 60% threshold, with only two design benchmarks remaining. Traditionally, construction projects set completion targets at 30, 60, 90 and 100%.
Design elements are being refined following lead architect Curt Fentress’ presentation to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority board in November. The Board’s approval of his initial concepts sent the project moving forward toward final design completion. The first phase of the South Terminal Complex will feature 16 gates with a flexible configuration that will be able to accommodate narrowbody, ‘jumbo’ and ‘super jumbo’ aircraft. Construction is set to begin in the first quarter of 2017 with projected completion in 2020.
Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority commented: “We’re looking to create a new gateway for Orlando, one that captures the essence of Central Florida and enhances The Orlando Experience. The South Terminal is designed to be intuitive so the passenger is drawn from one element to the next, creating an exciting and memorable arrival into the city of Orlando.”
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