Phase II of the Tampa ConRAC and APM Guideway project launched in grand fashion with an Open House & Kick-Off Meeting on September 23. The event was attended by approximately 200 stakeholders, including Austin senior project management, subcontractor leadership, principals and consultants, along with executives of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

With the Enabling work completed and turned over to rental car tenants, critical real estate was freed up for demolition of existing facilities. As Design Builder, Austin will begin construction of the most significant expansion work in Tampa International Airport’s history. The design and construction firms invited to the event convened with Austin to execute the largest portion of the Authority’s Master Plan, providing the infrastructure and capacity necessary for TIA’s strategic growth over the coming decades. The Austin Team will now implement an ambitious plan to put the required work in place safely, with a quality which will remain as a legacy to the next generation of builders at TIA.

The afternoon began with a presentation of the project and opening remarks from Austin Program Director Tom Skinner, Austin President William McAdoo, and Aviation Authority Director of Planning & Development, Al Illustrato. A primary intention of the gathering was to create a sense of urgency, discuss requirements to work at TIA, and convey prerequisites of the aggressive schedule for an October, 2017 opening. Highlights included Construction Manager Scott Kahler and BIM Manager Clayton Walder’s 4-D synchronized representation of the baseline construction schedule, impressing upon viewers the magnitude of simultaneous efforts expected from multiple disciplines, and giving all a glimpse of the colossal task ahead. Work in place over the next 24 months exceeds $500 million, with no margin for delay. The event concluded with networking and a taste of Tampa’s Latin culinary heritage, as guests enjoyed Cuban sandwiches and deviled crabs.

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