Expansion Progress at Orlando International Airport Includes Selection of South Terminal Architect

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South APM Construction
South APM Construction

ORLANDO, FL. – The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has selected a renowned aviation architecture firm to design the first phase of Orlando International Airport’s future South Terminal Complex (STC). At its August meeting, the Board chose Denver-based Fentress Architects to provide consultation and design work on the $1.8 billion project.

“We want to go beyond The Orlando Experience® to the future,” said Curtis W. Fentress, President and CEO of Fentress Architects. “Using our touchstones of design, we want to work with the airport board and stakeholders using innovation, iconology and ingenuity to create a timeless design for the passenger experience now and for generations to come.”

Fentress is recognized as an industry leader in aviation architecture with a design portfolio that includes Denver International Airport, Los Angeles International, Seattle-Tacoma and Incheon, South Korea. The firm’s design principle to “discover the art inside” is guided by Eight Touchstones, which strive to Discover the Natural Order, Use Context to Create Identity, Let Culture Guide Design, Celebrate the Entry, Listen Closely and Design for People.

Phase One of the STC will include16-24 gates to increase Orlando International’s capacity to accommodate more domestic and international flights and a 2,500 space parking garage.

Significant progress is also being made on the operating system for the South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex. Construction on the running surfaces of the nearly 1.5 mile guideway is more than 10 percent complete. Crews have been busy blending steel and concrete to create the tracks that will guide the APM trains between the North Terminal Complex and South Airport APM facility.

Currently, 40 percent of the guideway structure is in place. Construction remains on schedule with a completion date projected for the Summer of 2017.

Basic MCO information:

Through the first half of 2015, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is on pace for record-breaking passenger traffic with a 12-month rolling total of more than 37 million annual passengers. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S.