With continued and rapid growth at Tampa International Airport, TPA aims to stay ahead of the curve to avoid overcrowding and congestion, and our long-term client Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) is continually looking for creative solutions. In lieu of building a brand-new terminal, which our team has modernized and upgraded, the airport developed a multiyear, phased plan to reduce congestion and increase capacity.
The first phase included a remote consolidated Rental Car Center (RCC) connected to the main terminal 1.5 miles away via the new SkyConnect Automated People Mover (APM) to reduce vehicular traffic at the terminal. Gresham Smith was the prime design consultant for both the RCC and the SkyConnect APM. Expansion of the curbsides at the main terminal was made possible by relocating the rental car functions from the main terminal to the RCC, and by relocating the Aviation Authority’s administrative offices to a new remote location.
The next phase included the development of a Commercial Real Estate (CRE) plan for SkyCenter, utilizing land formerly occupied by rental car maintenance facilities which were vacated upon completion of the RCC and allowing the land to be repurposed for future commercial and airport operations expansion. Gresham Smith assisted the airport developing the CRE master plan which will support the development of new office buildings, hotels, retail and a new remote curbside and cellphone lot with improved customer facilities.
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Decentralizing for the FutureBy establishing the SkyCenter development plan, HCAA was able to plan for the relocation of their administrative headquarter offices into a new office building and free up space for more critical airport operations at the main terminal complex. Gresham Smith played an essential role in the implementation of the SkyCenter plan, helping to engage a developer and design builder to develop SkyCenter One, the first nine-story office building at SkyCenter, which houses three floors of Aviation Authority administrative offices. The Gresham Smith team also developed the programming and preliminary design of the Aviation Authority offices within the SkyCenter One office building, including the new Network Operations Center (NOC), Airport Operations Center (AOC) and Aviation Authority Board Room.
The Nerve CenterGresham Smith was engaged to be the lead design consultant for the implementation of SkyCenter site improvements.
This pivotal piece of infrastructure included:
- The atrium—intended to be the hub of connectivity for the SkyCenter development. At over 50,000 square feet, the atrium connects the SkyCenter One office building with a future ‘flagship’ hotel, and also includes a variety of workstations and seating arrangements for travelers on the go. The atrium also provides vertical circulation, which connects new remote curbside, enclosed pedestrian bridge and a rooftop with 17,000-plus square feet of planted terrace, which is an amenity for the adjoining office building that offers unmatched views of the TPA airfield and the waters of Tampa Bay.
- A relocated and enlarged cellphone lot, which includes improved restrooms, landscaping and multiple enlarged digital displays.
- Overall site planning for future hotels, retail and office buildings, utility planning, landscaping and signage for SkyCenter. The site planning also include a 1-mile exercise trail that wraps the SkyCenter perimeter.