South Automated People Mover Complex, Orlando International Airport

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The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is a beacon for entertainment tourism, serving as the gateway to Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal Studios, and Kennedy Space Center. In order to accommodate the ever increasing flow of tourists and visitors coming to the airport each year, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority established a multiyear program to create the South Terminal Complex (STC), a $1.1 billion expansion project to increase the airport’s capacity to up to 40 million passengers.

The initial phase of the program was the design and construction of the South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex. As a subconsultant to the prime architect, Atkins is responsible for civil and transportation engineering for the South APM Complex. This initial phase included the design and construction of a new APM station, new 2,400 car parking garage, renovation of the APM station in the North Terminal, completion of the APM guideway structure to the South APM Complex, roadways, bridges, overpasses, site grading, utilities, and all associated infrastructure.

The ultimate STC program will include the South APM Complex as well as an Intermodal Transportation Facility, which will serve as a hub for three passenger rail projects, including a planned $2.2 billion intercity passenger rail line from Miami. Atkins was responsible for planning the entire roadway system for the STC ultimate buildout.

Atkins was also responsible for the design of the loop access roadway surrounding the South APM Complex, including planning and development of alternative roadway concepts for the ultimate transportation master plan addressing the future STC. This effort included roadway plans, stormwater conveyance systems, signing and pavement marking plans, demolition plans, utility coordination, retaining walls, and maintenance of traffic plans. The approximate length of the 2-to-4 lane loop roadway was 3 miles.


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Orlando, Florida

United States of America

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

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Services provided:
• Civil design
• Structures design
• Transportation planning
• Grading and drainage
• Stormwater management
• Maintenance-of-traffic plans
• Demolition plans