TAMPA — Tampa International Airport is set to expand and upgrade to the tune of $943 million. It's the biggest public infrastructure project in the Tampa Bay area, and airport officials said it will create more than 9,000 temporary jobs by the time the project is completed in 2017.
The first networking opportunity for local firms to meet the national firms overseeing the project will be held Thursday at TIA. The Airport Master Plan Subcontractor Outreach and Opportunities Fair will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom at the Tampa Airport Marriott.
Texas firm Austin Commercial will design and build the new Tampa Gateway Center, a 2.3 million-square-foot car rental and retail facility that will be built south of the main terminal and will be connected by a 1.3-mile people mover. The budget for that work is $736 million.
Skanska USA will oversee the $122.5 million expansion and renovation of the third-floor terminal and all of the airport's shopping and dining options. Cone & Graham, Inc., won the $30.7 million contract to rebuild the Taxiway J bridge. Kimmins Contracting Corp. will oversee $21.4 million worth of improvements south of the main terminal.
All businesses are welcome. The airport hopes that the fair will help local bay area firms network with the major contractors, especially disadvantaged, women- and minority-owned businesses. The event is free and an RSVP is encourage but not required. For more information, check out www.tampaairport.com.