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MIA Construction At Peak...running Smoothly

Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:00 pm

Press Release:
MIAMI, FL---With total of $2.5 billion under construction and another $1.3 billion in the design, bid and award phases, Miami International Airport is moving into the most active construction period in the history of its Capital Improvement Program.


More than 38 trade packages valued at $340 million were advertised between March and December in one of the nation’s most ambitious construction programs ever undertaken within an operating airport.

The Airport is also attracting strong interest in its concession program since the airport director has focused attention on improving the profitability and variety of that operation.

The recent trade packages include steel, foundations, curtain walls, baggage handling, aprons, taxi lanes and facility modification trade packages, all part of the massive new South Terminal Program. This $510 million component of the construction program will add one million square feet of terminal and concourse area, including 50,000 square feet of concession space.

The North Terminal Development (NTD) is well underway in construction and contributing significantly to the most active construction period in MIA history with more than $924 million in construction commitments ($464 of which is already in-place) and nearly $400 million to be advertised and awarded by the end of 2003. The $1.5 billion NTD program is expected to reach its first peak of construction spending of $20 million per month by mid-2003.

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is expanding and modernizing the MIA Terminal into a more efficient and spacious facility. Both the North and South Terminal development programs will result in airline alliance partners being co-located for easy transfers and less walking time.

Other major projects in construction include the 8,600-foot New North Runway, which will increase airfield capacity by 25 percent; the Central Chiller Plant Expansion to accommodate more than doubling the size of the facilities; the

Midfield Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility; the Central Collection Plaza, to modernize and ease the flow in the parking garages; 15 Security Rooms with associated cable and equipment projects; and numerous utilities and drainage packages.

The new FAA Air Traffic Control Tower went into operation last month.

After September 11, airports faced unprecedented challenges of new security, demands, passenger needs, economic vitality and capital development issues.

Aviation Director Angela Gittens, who took the helm of MIA in March 2001, worked with staff to revise MIA’s Capital Improvement Program, analyzing its scope, cost and schedule. The Director’s goal was to match the timing of facility development with the projected demand for facilities and what customers and business partners are willing and able to pay for. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved the revalidated CIP in March 2002, with the new Phase I affordability limit set at $4.8 billion. That figure is down from $5.4 billion, but future Phase II components of the Program will bring the total to an estimated $7.4 billion beyond 2015.

Major projects in design include the remaining portions of North Terminal Development, Central Terminal Life Safety Improvements, Terminal Wide Refurbishment, Concourse F Renovation, and environmental Engineering Projects. Projects recently advertised include consultants for the Security Operations and Control Center, the general consultant for the South Terminal Development, and consultants for Terminal Security and Airside Security Projects.

“The approved Phase I focuses on the projects that are core to our future,” says Ms. Gittens, “a fourth runway, a redeveloped North Terminal, a new South Terminal, and investment in the infrastructure that supports those facilities (expanded water and electrical capacity, air handling, sewer and telecommunications). In addition, the revised program invests more than $123 million in security infrastructure, more than $300 million in environmental mitigation and improvement, $50 million in noise and safety projects, and more than $200 million to maintain existing infrastructure.”

Airport concession planning takes into consideration new security operational procedures. Both the North and South terminals will include new concessions beyond the security checkpoints to accommodate the new passenger traffic flow resulting from earlier check-in times and therefore more time spent in the gate areas.

With 75 percent of MIA’s revenues directly related to airline and passenger activity, the Director is focusing on diversifying sources of income. Efforts to increase concession revenues include modifying the size of the stores. “Although stores will be smaller, we will have more stores, which will increase revenue and increase small business, minority and women-owned business participation,” says Ms. Gittens. “Our goal is to maximize revenue through the highest and best use of space while creating a more passenger friendly airport environment.”

Since the redevelopment of MIA began more than 10 years ago, more than 123 projects worth more than $1 billion have been completed. MIA now has one million square feet of expanded and/or refurbished terminal space, including a new Concourse A and a rebuilt Concourse H; 12 new cargo buildings, adding more than one million square feet of cargo warehouse space; a new 1,500-space parking garage; a new Air Traffic Control Tower; and more wide body and international gates.

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To summarize, the North Terminal mainly includes the new Concourse J (Star Alliance) which is being built from the gound up. 15 gates, all international, all 777 capable (three A380 ready). To be occupied by Star Alliance carriers only. Should be done in 24 months.

A redesigned Concourse H will turn the mainly domestic terminal into a focus operation to be used exclusively by skyTeam carriers at MIA: Delta, Delta Connection (Comair and Chattatuqua), Alitalia, Air France, AeroMexico, and Air France Regional. Should be ready in 24 months.

The all new AA Super Concourse will feature 49 gates plus 30 RJ gates for American, Iberia, and the rest of oneWorld. Construction is also well underway.

In addition, a lot of new retail projects around the current area. In the end, the new MIA will cost $5.4B, more than it cost to build DIA from the ground up. It will be, for the most part, a brand new airport. The only problem they will not be able to solve is the low cieling clearance in baggage claim.
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RE: MIA Construction At Peak...running Smoothly

Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:07 pm

MAH4546 ,

Have the Miami folks ever studied a rail connection to MIA, like a Miami Beach-MIA rail line. Or perhaps bringing Tri-Rail closer in, I would think a "Airtrain" like light rail from MIA-Tri Rail station-Downtown Miami-South Beach would have a huge ridership potential.

I know the Broward county folks are studying linking FLL with Port Everglades via a rail line.
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RE: MIA Construction At Peak...running Smoothly

Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:20 pm

The only problem they will not be able to solve is the low cieling clearance in baggage claim.

That's too bad. That's one of the reasons why I hated MIA when I visited it.

Those ceilings are so dang low. They are lower than the ceiling in my house.  Big thumbs up
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Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:24 pm

Its sad that the South American economy hasn't picked back up, to take advantage of this fantastic airport.

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Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:26 pm

MAH4546 ,

Have the Miami folks ever studied a rail connection to MIA, like a Miami Beach-MIA rail line. Or perhaps bringing Tri-Rail closer in, I would think a "Airtrain" like light rail from MIA-Tri Rail station-Downtown Miami-South Beach would have a huge ridership potential.

I know the Broward county folks are studying linking FLL with Port Everglades via a rail line.



There have been a lot of rail projects floating around. There is that proposed intermodal station that is supposed to be built east of the terminal (http://www.micdot.com/)....Port Everglades and FLL are so close it almost seems a waste...but oh well...I am all for rail expansion in Miami-Dade/Broward counties...
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Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:28 pm

Cool, thanks for the update! It's amazing that they can do all that work and still have a major airport running smoothly in the mix of it all.

When does the new runway plan to open again? Also, I noticed that they plan to use terminal H for skyTeam member airlines. I wonder where US Airways will move to since they have always been in terminal H. Maybe by United or other Star members? What terminal is United at? I have never flown them out of MIA before.
 
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Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:29 pm

Its sad that the South American economy hasn't picked back up, to take advantage of this fantastic airport.

It's because the South American economy is in the shitter that people are taking advantage of this airport. South Florida is probably the only booming place in the country right now. All the Latin American businessmen are putting their money in the area because it's a hell of a lot more stable than the countries they're from. And with the election of Brazil's new socialist leader, you know damn well that the capital inflow from Brazilian industrialists will continue. Too bad they just focus there. They should spread the wealth around across the country; we could sure use a boost in NYC.
 
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Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:32 pm

I want to say UA was at either F or K.

I have flown them there many times, but I just don't remember.  Sad

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Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:34 pm

United uses Concourse F.

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RE: MIA Construction At Peak...running Smoothly

Thu Jan 23, 2003 10:52 pm

What is the new runway number designation when it will be completed, will they change the current 9L/ 27R, to 9C/ 27C, and the new one be 9L/ 27R or will it be called 8/ 26, or 10/ 28 possibly, since I read the designations can go up to 15 degrees in either direction when they are naming runways.
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Thu Jan 23, 2003 11:18 pm

Voters approved 89 miles of heavy-rail/subway` expansion to add to the current 22 miles, and both of the first two lines to be built will run to MIA. One, the Douglas Line, will run from Douglas Road Station with stops at 8th Street and Flagler. The other, the E/W Line (which will be Miami's first underground rail system), will run from the Port of Miami to FIU and the Florida Turnpike with a stop at MIA. A third line, Earlington Line, will connect MIA to Earlington Heights. Ground breaking on the first of the line extensions is still 18-24 months away, but voters did approve it, surprisingly, by raising our sales tax to 7,0% (from 6,5%).

As stated earlier, the weak South American economy is both a blessing and a curse for Miami. Miami right is experience what is probably America's biggest construction boom, with more than 30 skyscrapers under construction or proposed in downtown, including one recently topped off that is the tallest in Florida (794 feet), and another one that may top at over 1,000 feet and be the tallest south of New York City. Plus at least another 20 buildings under construction in South Beach, and at least 10 in Coral Gables/Kendall. Tourism is at pre-9.11 levels, Miami is currently America's hottest home market, and job growth is at unprecedented levels, and this is all thanks to the fact we only have 6 F-500 companies in South Florida. Things are going very well here lately. Don't tell the people shopping at Miami's third Nieman Marcus, which opened a few months ago, that the economy is falling.

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