As one of Florida’s largest airports in terms of annual passengers, the Orlando International Airport is conveniently located near area theme parks and services one of the largest car rental markets in the U.S. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) expanded on-airport car rental facilities, including the Rent-A-Car Quick Turn Around and Permanent Bus Hold Area, as well as expanding and relocating the Cell Lot and Taxi Holding Area. To accommodate these facilities, the Hubbard/RS&H design-build team completed the design and construction of 1.5 miles of improvements to Airport Loop Road, the airport’s entrance road.
The main objective of the project was to add a travel lane in select areas along Airport Loop Road to facilitate access and circulation. We developed recommendations to realign the roadway and refine the geometrics to avoid walls and reduce construction costs. We also successfully value engineered 30 percent of the project scope, resulting in more than $1 million in savings to GOAA.
Because of the interdependency of each facility and the importance of maintaining continued operation, the team developed a roadway design and construction program to minimize impacts to the existing facilities. This plan provided seamless access for airport users during the construction operations and allowed for the close coordination of both the facility and roadway improvement projects.