Miami's New Front Door

Niki May Young
Friday 02 May 2008

Miami Airport Opens New Terminal

Miami-based architects, Rizo Carreno & Partners with Borrelli & Associates have completed a $350 million expansion project at the south end of the Miami International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world and one of the first to be constructed in the post 9-11 era. The new South Terminal will serve 8 million of the airport's 33 million travellers, greatly easing congestion at this busy airport.

The South Terminal links the renovated Concourse H with a new Concourse J via a series of sky bridges. The 1.2 million sq ft expansion adds 28 new gates, 190 ticket counters, space for 61 diners, retail and duty free concessions, improved vehicle curbside space, two new security checkpoints, and a new federal inspection service facility that can process 2000 passengers an hour. Passenger orientation and navigation is greatly enhanced through the provision of natural light, visually connected multi-level spaces, high volume spaces and moving walkways. One of the biggest challenges of the project was to integrate the latest security technologies seamlessly into the passenger’s experiences, while developing an architecture that speaks of aviation and becomes Miami’s new “front door” to the Americas.

The new terminal opened in September 2007.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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