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Tampa International Airport - Consolidated Rental Car Center and Automated People Mover

Gresham, Smith and Partners

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Tampa International Airport - Consolidated Rental Car Center and Automated People Mover

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Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

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As part of the first phase of Tampa International Airport (TPA)’s master plan, GS&P is leading the design of a 2.6 million-square-foot Consolidated Rental Car Center (ConRAC), 1.4-miles of Automated People Mover (APM) infrastructure connecting the Main Terminal with the ConRAC, and the procurement of the APM operating system. The design-build team includes Austin Constructors, LLC, as contractor and GS&P as the lead designer and project manager for the design team. GS&P is also the architect-of-record for the APM infrastructure including the guideway, three stations and a maintenance and storage facility, and also performing interior design, structural engineering and environmental graphics. GS&P is managing 17 design and engineering sub-consultants, which also includes meeting the W/MBE goals for the program.

TPA’s existing rental facilities are at capacity for current operations and the associated vehicular traffic is contributing to congestion on the Airport’s roadways and curbsides. The new rental car facility will provide additional capacity to accommodate future growth and will significantly reduce traffic at the main terminal resulting in less pollution at the airport. The construction of the APM system will ensure that a high level of customer service is maintained minimizing the amount of time needed to travel between the ConRAC and the main terminal, making the journey virtually hassle-free. The APM will also serve Economy Parking, greatly reducing travel time for customers and allow for elimination of the shuttle bus operation which will provide significant long term cost savings and further reduce traffic and pollution at the airport.
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