The Lee County Board of Port Commissioners has approved the construction and total $331 million budget for the Terminal Expansion Project at Southwest Florida International Airport.
Atkins North America, Inc., the consultant working on the design and planning of the RSW Terminal Expansion Project, will be working with construction manager/general contractor Manhattan Construction (Florida).
Work will begin in October and take about three years to complete. It is the second largest public works project in Lee County history, only being surpassed by the airport’s Midfield Terminal Complex construction completed in 2005, FOX-4 Southwest Florida reports.
The project focuses on improving the airport’s efficiency by consolidating and streamlining security checkpoints, adding concession space and providing passengers more amenities and options.
Project plans include consolidating the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints into a new 16-lane configuration and providing additional seating, concession spaces and a business lounge. More than 164,000 sq. ft. of space will be remodeled and 117,000 sq. ft. of new walkways and concession space will be added to the airport terminal.
The project is being funded with grants from the Florida Department of Transportation, Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs), airport revenue bonds and Lee County Port Authority construction funds, the broadcaster reported.