Renovations could extend Tampa airport terminal lifespan by 20 years

October 23, 2012 |
Drew Ballensky

Planned renovations and enhancements in and around Tampa International Airport's main terminal should be enough to extend the building’s lifespan by another 20 years, a consultant told the Hillsborough Aviation Board. The improvements should allow the Florida authority to delay spending more than $1 billion on a new terminal.

A key component now taking shape in an updated master plan is an automated people mover that would link the main terminal with the economy parking lot and a relocated rental car facility. Trams similar to those serving airside terminals would reduce vehicle traffic on congested roadways and curbsides. That would help the main terminal handle 30 million passengers annually rather than the 25 million-passenger capacity originally envisioned. Also included in the 20-year plan is space for a light-rail terminal and a convenience store and gas station.

(http://tbo.com/news/business/2012/oct/05/memeto1-upgrades-could-save-tampa-expense-of-build-ar-522544/)

Drew Ballensky | Reconstruction Blog

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.
Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.

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