The Florida Chapter held an exclusive tour of a major infrastructure project in the Orlando area last December, that of the Orland Airport Expansion.

The first tour on December 15 was of the Orlando Airport Expansion Project.

Ross Spence, BIM Program Manager on the project and leader of the tour, gave an overview of the complex, which will consist of nearly 1.5 million sq ft.

In his own words: The South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex consists of two main components, the APM Program and the Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF). The program includes the following related facilities: Six level parking garage, Automated People Mover Facility, Intermodal Terminal, a Passenger Drop-Off Lobby, and a Central Energy Plant.

Two Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) contracts have been awarded. On the one hand, Hensel Phelps is responsible for construction of the South Airport APM, roadways, bridges and site work. On the other, Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture is responsible for construction of the South Airport ITF. Prior to the CMAR contracts being awarded, a Design-Build-Operate-Maintain (DBOM) contract was awarded to Mitsubishi for the APM which connects the North and South Terminal Stations.

The RICS-qualified professionals who attended the tour were very appreciative of the access to the on-hand expertise and valuable insight gained from this tour.

It was a special privilege to tour the construction site for the new South Terminal Complex at Orlando International Airport. This new addition will increase its capacity from 45 to 55 million annual passengers and significantly enhance the airport's global appeal. As an appraiser, it was useful to learn about important factors relative to the valuation process.

The new All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger railway station at the Orlando International Airport will make the journey between Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale about 25 percent faster than driving. It will also help promote businesses and employment growth. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2017 followed by the second phase in 2020. 

Railway service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is expected to start mid-2017, and the service between Miami and Orlando will follow. 

As a new developer, it was very inspiring being on the tour! It was my first time walking on the construction site of a project of that magnitude. It was quite impressive seeing such huge engines and cranes. The hosts were very friendly and knowledgeable. As Construction Managers, they provided with us very useful information about the various steps of the project.
It took approximately 6 months to a year to build the construction site accommodations together with the various modular buildings and to get the site ready for the project. They confirmed being on target as far as the construction timeline is concerned.
Considering that the site was initially mainly wetlands, they did a great job with water management and mitigation!


Orlando tour 1 

Visitors of the Orlando Airport Site Tour

Orlando Site Tour 2

Touring the construction site


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