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Civil | MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NORTH TERMINAL IMPROVEMENTS • Sales: $3 billion mi, FL • Headquarters: Mia • Employees: 1,400 rminal expansion • Services: Airport te love rt m erminal on l Airpo Miath iTInternatiImaprovements Nor om of “It’s been aprrealt laborhere it is to w oj to get this Abreu,ecairport director now.” –Jose The NTDP reconfigures the concourse and creates a linear terminal that eases flight connections. « A Tropical Gateway F A LONG-AWAITED $3 BILLION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN MIAMI IS NEARING ITS END. BY JIM HARRIS or more than 10 years, Miami International Airport was known among travelers for one thing. “The community used to say this wasn’t an airport as much as it was a construction site with planes landing and leaving,” Airport Director Jose Abreu says. Construction cranes and crews have been a regular site at the airport since 2001, when American Airlines first started overseeing the expansion of the airport’s north terminal. Miami-Dade County, the airport’s owner and operator, took full control of the project in 2005. Abreu joined the airport that year with the main goal of seeing the multi-stage, $3 billion project to its conclusion. The general contractor is Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture. With the August 2012 opening of a threelevel, 400,000-square-foot international arrivals center and only a few new terminal gates and airfield work yet to be completed, the ultimate conclusion of the long-awaited project is closer than ever. Abreu says the project is now roughly 95 percent complete. Full completion is anticipated for March 2013. “It’s been a real labor of love to get this project to where it is now,” he adds. “We’re fortunate that construction is no longer the critical path of our existence.” The airport’s average daily traffic is 130,000 passengers, up from 100,000 seven years ago. It transports about 36 million passengers and 2 billion tons of freight annually. The new construction gives it the capability to handle 56 million passengers. Becoming a Hub The airport’s North Terminal Development Program (NTDP) involves reconfiguring its “finger”-type concourse into a mile-long linear terminal that better allows for flight connections, Abreu says. Flight connections account for roughly 40 percent of the airport’s total traffic. “The whole concept was not only to build a brand new terminal to accommodate our forecasted traffic growth, specifically from American Airlines, but to create a terminal that would lend itself to a hub operation as opposed to just being an origin destination,” Abreu explains. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM 79 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
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