UK-based architectural firm Atkins has secured a contract for part of Orlando International Airport’s $1.1bn expansion programme in the US.
Atkins will provide civil engineering design services for the automated people mover (APM) complex, which will be built to the south of the main airport terminal.
The architectural firm said that work on the south airport APM complex is one of the first steps in upgrading the airport’s capacity to handle an estimated 40 million passengers by 2016.
As per the deal, Atkins will support the primary architecture design team in all elements of the complex.
Plans include the incorporation of site elements into a proposed new south terminal, the development of which has not yet been determined.
As per the current plan, APM is inteded to eliminate or minimise potential integration or upgrade-related costs in the future and their impacts on airport operations.
Atkins said that development of the south airport APM complex will relieve passenger capacity constraints in the main (north) terminal.
The facility will serve as a connection from the main terminal to a 2,400 space parking garage structure being built as part of the complex.
Atkins will also design new roadways, bridges, utilities and grading, as well as drainage.
Atkins group manager Craig Sucich said the contract presents several 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," Sucich said.
Image: Orlando International Airport APM and garage complex rendering. Photo: courtesy of Atkins.