Alfonso Architects, along with The Beck Group, have been awarded $17 million to design-build the expansion of the Tampa International Airport in Florida. The existing complex will be expanded with an additional 30,000 square feet and will include the renovation of 40,000 sq ft of existing space at Airside F. Project. The terminal, which originally opened in 1987, handles most of the international flights including daily non-stop service to London and four weekly flights to Cuba. The first phase will begin this month and be completed by the end of 2012 with an ultimate completion date of August 2013.
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The original Tampa airport was designed by Carlos Alfonso, Sr. in 1965. Alberto Alfonso, president of Alfonso Architects, took over his father’s firm has already worked on Airside C at Tampa International Airport for Southwest Airlines in 2005 and will continue the tradition with the new expansion. When Alfonso, Sr. was commissioned to design the airport in the 1960s, he was inspired by Saarinen’s work and scouted airports across the country, at a time when the glamour of flying was still novel. Alfonso drew from his father’s research when first designing Airside C; the new expansion will allow him to further the advancements since his father first designed the project. The design improvements for Airside F will include adding processing booths and baggage claims devices and expanding the TSA screening area. New food and beverage concessions will be added and expanded. The objective of the improvements is to ultimately enhance the travel experience.