Atkins awarded civil engineering contract for US’ Orlando International Airport expansion plan

As Orlando International Airport prepares to move forward with its $1.1 billion expansion program, Atkins has been selected to provide civil engineering design services for the Automated People Mover (APM) complex that will be developed to the south of the main airport terminal.

Orlando International Airport is the 13th busiest airport in the nation, originally designed to accommodate 24 million passengers annually, but currently handles more than 35 million including 1.8 million international arrivals. The work on the south airport APM complex is one of the first steps in upgrading the airport’s capacity to handle an expected 40 million passengers by 2016.

Joe Boyer, Atkins’ CEO, North America, said: “This is a project of great magnitude for one of the largest and busiest airports in Florida. Our aviation business has a qualified team of professionals with the knowledge and expertise needed to successfully handle the demands of this project.”

According to Craig Sucich, Atkins’ group manager, “This contract presents many demanding opportunities including a construction-management-at-risk delivery method, fast-track construction, sustainable design, construction safety, and phasing planning. Our team is up to the challenge since we have successfully completed similar projects at major airports throughout the country.”

Atkins is the primary provider of all civil engineering work on the project and will support the primary architecture design team in designing all elements of the APM complex. Site elements will be designed to be incorporated into a proposed new south terminal, the development of which has not yet been determined.  The current plan is to design the APM in such a way as to eliminate or minimise potential future integration or upgrade-related costs and impacts to airport operations.

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Development of the south airport APM complex will relieve passenger capacity constraints in the main (north) terminal complex and serve as a connection from the main terminal to a 2,400 space parking garage structure being built as part of the APM complex. Atkins will be responsible for designing new roadways, bridges, utilities, and grading and drainage.

Atkins has worked at 36 of the top 50 airports in the United States and has done so for more than 50 years. In the last five years Atkins has managed more than $1 billion of runway-related construction projects.