Miami Airport Moving Forward With South Terminal Expansion

Miami Dade’s Aviation Department is moving forward with the construction of Concourse K, as part of an expansion of the South Terminal.

A public notice was issued this week requesting design-build services. Miami Today first reported on the notice.

The new building will have three levels that match the finish of the existing South Terminal.

It is planned to accommodate three wide-body aircraft at a time, or six narrow body aircraft. It will also have remote hard stands for three more wide-body or five narrow-body aircraft.

Larger lounge spaces are also planned as part of the expansion. The lounges are currently in big demand, Miami-Dade’s aviation director told Global Miami.

Total value of the design-build package is listed at $621m.

 

A rendering of the Concourse K expansion released last year, subject to change:

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Vincent
16 days ago

They really ought to demolish all the terminals at Miami International Airport and reconstruct them from the ground up, adopting a linear terminal design with adjacent concourses, similar to those in Atlanta, Denver, and Salt Lake City. Such a layout would significantly enhance spatial efficiency.

Anon
16 days ago

They probably have to do one at a time logistically but this addition should be part of a total reconstruction and design plan.

Howard Roark
17 days ago

This seems like an obscene amount of money for just 6 gates.

Madonna
17 days ago

If you read the article above, than you would see that the project consists more than just gates.

Anon
17 days ago

A single concourse should not cost 600 million. An entire terminal should.

Anon
17 days ago

It is. Boston’s new modern, international terminal cost around 800 mill. This is merely an expansion and is costing taxpayers over 600 mill.

Madonna
17 days ago

Notable components of the scope of work are the following:
• A new three-level Concourse K, east of the existing South Terminal and Concourse J. This new concourse will match the existing finish levels of the South Terminal and will provide six (6) contact gates with capabilities to receive and
accommodate six (6) narrow body or three (3) wide body aircraft interchangeably.
• New apron grading, drainage and paving, pavement markings and apron lighting
• Three (3) remote hard stands with international capabilities to serve three (3) A350-900 aircraft or up to five (5) narrow body aircraft at one time or combination thereof.
• New Jet fuel hydrant system and modifications to existing Concourse J fuel system.
• 400 Hz / Preconditioned Air (PCA) and Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (A-VDGS).
• Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBB) with glass walls.
• Installation, relocation, modification, or demolition of numerous underground utilities.
• Information Technology (IT) systems such as Communications/Telephone, Security Access Card Reader System, CCTV, Public Address, Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) System, Building Management System (BMS),
Cable Television System (CATV), and Visual Information Display Systems (VIDS).
• Modifications to the existing cruise bus station terminal and NW 20th Street.
• MEP/FP and Lightning Protection Systems.
• Fire Alarm, Smoke Evacuation, and related life safety systems.
• A new two-story Ground Support Equipment (GSE) facility with an extensive laydown paved area and vehicular parking, along with a single-story double height structure of non-airconditioned shop space and storage to
accommodate ten (10) bays.
• GSE access road and perimeter hardening AOA fencing.
• A Central Terminal to South Terminal Baggage Handling System Crossover and Baggage Makeup System for New Concourse K with steel structure and canopies.
• Battery Charging stations for GSE equipment.
• Modifications to the existing Concourse J Level 2 passenger South Checkpoint to add two (2) additional lanes per TSA latest standards.
• Per the Sustainable Buildings Program policy, all components of this project No. X078A (Project # 2000001371) must achieve ENVISION Silver certification at minimum; LEED Silver certification shall be limited to the Concourse K
and/or GSE building, so long all infrastructure meets ENVISION Silver certification. Concourse K and/or GSE can be excluded from the ENVISION boundary at the discretion of the Design-Builder to pursue LEED Silver certification.
The Design-Builder is responsible for submitting, and confirming that it has submitted, all necessary and requested data to ISI to attain the Envision Silver certification and to USGBC to attain the LEED Silver certification for the
Concourse K and/or GSE specified by the Owner.

Anonymous
17 days ago

If it’s Boston, does it come with safe spaces and gender neutral breastfeeding rooms?

Anon
17 days ago

It comes with first world infrastructure.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Hope so

Sterling Cooper
17 days ago

Seriously….great post. Thanks for sharing that.

Not seriously….you mean that they are going to have Cable Television System (CATV), and Visual Information Display Systems (VIDS)?

Cable TV, that sounds like the future!
Hope they have HBO instead of CNN.

Rob
16 days ago

That was a lot of info. Thanks for sharing

GoodCitizen
16 days ago

It seems the bloat of the cost comes from the builder having to meet these LEED certification mandated by Uncle Sam. Meaning low pressure water faucets in bathrooms, low flow AC units, charging stations for the Eulen staff to shlep Lizzo and grandma down the terminal and crappy LED white light. It never ends, folks.

Jordan
16 days ago

How else can humans combat weather and celestial motion?

Clearly, politicians must approve their brother-in-laws to do all the construction work to save the planet.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Can someone translate this or explain what this comes from?

Howard Roark
17 days ago

https://www.boston.com/news/the-boston-globe/2023/04/14/new-red-terminal-e-logan-airport/

Boston’s new Terminal E is spectacular…MIA wishes it had something as good. Boston solves its problems. It always seems too expensive but ends up creating far more value. Big Dig or Big Pig cost $15B . MA tax payer are on the hook for $5B. The project transformed the City and created over 13 Million SQ Ft of Real Estate. The City is one of the most walkable in North America and the waterfront has blossomed. MassPort realized its new terminal would be the gateway into the region. Since then, Boston has added more international flights and has become a hub for Delta to Europe. Note that MassPort also owns most of the seaport real estate and has other revenue sources than just transportation. Miami was on its way to replicate this model with MDX as MDX had an eye to buy and develop Melreese, but the State got greedy and saw an opportunity to take the money MDX was making and Suarez and company gave away Melreese as a money grab scheme…no vision for public benefits unlike MassPort, NYNJ Port Authority and others.

Anonymous
16 days ago

According to the article in the Boston Globe, the project at Logan was to expand the number of Gates at Terminal E. The preexisting Terminal E , which remains and is connected to the new expansion had 12 gates – constructed in 1974 – while the new terminal E expansion (termed the new Terminal E) will add only 4 new gates. The project was originally planned to add 7 gates but cost increases led to a reduction to 4. The total cost for these 4 gates is $640 million. Miami seems to be getting a comparative bargain – and that will be minus the streetwalker lipstick red abomination on the exterior of the Logan Terminal E

Sterling Cooper
15 days ago

Great article and great references.

As for the ending commentary about how the Gov’t sold Melreese Golf course to individuals to innovate and develop privately instead of within the constraints of government favoritism and corruption are comments that the real Howard Roark would definitely disagree.

CPM
15 days ago

The $800m BOS Terminal E Expansion was just that an expansion and not an entirely new ground up terminal so it is also not a 1:1 comparison on cost. Yes, it included expanded security & ticketing space, but it also was tied into an existing buildings infrastructure and not constructed as a brand new, ground up terminal project.

Jtar
17 days ago

FLL is currently building a 5 gate terminal for $400 million so the price tag seems pretty fair to me

Anon
16 days ago

That’s an entire new terminal not a concourse

Beyonce
17 days ago

FLL is spending $400 million to build 5 gates so the prices seems fair to me

Anonymous
16 days ago

These Foamers just tryin to get MIA to fail, or don’t care about environment or people who live here and wipe out life for property

Anonymous
17 days ago

Alas! Hope it’s glassy airy and an architectural marvel 👏 🎉 ✈️

Anonymous
17 days ago

Don’t worry it won’t, and look outdated by the time the shovel hits the groud. In other words “…another beaut from Arquitectonica!”

Anon
16 days ago

It’s a concourse – not a terminal

Dan R.
17 days ago

Should have expanded into the golf course they tore down. Put the soccer stadium in Little Havana and the MLB stadium next to the water by the Arena. Miami lanning sucks!!

Charl
15 days ago

They are just 25 years late

Anon
16 days ago

All they need to do is reassign the cargo capacity to passenger, pay for those cargo flights to get brand new airport further west on the rail line or wherever they want, and there’s the 50% additional capacity needed. Would give you the extra terminal and huge increase in runway capacity.

ParkingHater
16 days ago

Thanks President Biden!! Glad we finally have a president who can pass an infrastructure bill and help pour money into the airport.

Anonymous
16 days ago

The Miami International Airport is remnant of a third world country. An embarrassment to an otherwise beautiful city.

Anon
17 days ago

Yeah – interesting idea from 60 years ago – relevance?

Anonymous
17 days ago

Even the “geniuses” from CNN would know the piece of that airport that was built is surrounded by protected environmentally sensitive lands, not only for ecosystems and wildlife, but natural drainage so developed areas don’t flood like New Orleans every summer afternoon thunderstorm.

Anonymous
16 days ago

CNN is least reliable network after Fox and MSNBC lately, check out streaming live or international news.

Pianoman
17 days ago

Can we please also add a terminal A, B, C. It’s just annoying that we start with D.

GoodCitizen
16 days ago

Yeap we used to have that. When they the old terminals, they stuck with D because A B C were being refurbished/reconstructed.

Anonymous
16 days ago

Also it’s really hard to find the entrance to the terminal, other airports make it very easy to direct traffic in.

swampman
17 days ago

there already is an airport in the everglades… it was built to serve both coasts… go look it up … connect it w/ high speed rails from both sides… it’s already there

Anon
17 days ago

That project was abandoned shortly after construction began – all that’s left is a small training facility. It’s not a commercial airport and the prospect of turning an abandoned training facility into a global aviation hub with all the supportive access infrastructure (in a national park) is laughable.

Come back to earth.

Anne A.
17 days ago

The idea didn’t fly. Just a field of fevered dreams.

Parajo Nalgon
17 days ago

Can we just make a new airport west of Doral in the everglades?

Mary
17 days ago

Yes! That would allow for many more high rises and supertalls!!

Anonymous
17 days ago

Nowhere in the world relocates an airport because some foamer wants supertalls. Even cities that have built new airports because existing ones couldn’t be expanded continue operating the original ones.

Anonymous
17 days ago

For instance, Midway in Chicago continues to operate even after O’Hare opened. Although in Denver, Stapleton shut down shortly after DIA opened.

Jordan
16 days ago

ORD = Orchard

Anon
16 days ago

Denver airport, surrounded by farm fields.
You want it to take an extra 30 minutes to an hour to get to the Miami airport if they build it that far out.

Anon
17 days ago

Right, more boxes with no architectural merit, but hey. They’ll be the THUPERTALLS!

BDub
17 days ago

Costs would likely far outweigh benefits.

Anon
17 days ago

Let’s keep discussions in the realm of possibility

Brandon
17 days ago

Exactly.

Anonymous
17 days ago

No way, keep Miami green and our environment from becoming a disaster like other industrial cities

anonymous
17 days ago

yes, lets destroy our natural environment to put an airport on it! I say we add a bunch of highrises and parking lots too

Anonymous
17 days ago

Just greedy landowners wanting to cash big – no way we are touching everglades

Anonymous
17 days ago

Nobody is even building as high, tall, and dense as they can now, and if we do, we need better urban design guidelines and Metrorail extensions, not another airport.

Miami Native
17 days ago

‘What is old is new again’ See for a history of the replacement for MIA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dade-Collier_Training_and_Transition_Airport

Anon
17 days ago

Thanks for sending me down a rabbit hole.

anonymous
17 days ago

Maybe that could have worked when it was in development during the 60s but the cost today would be insane. You’d have to go through so much in environmental approval first, then expand the roads on US41 then to do a monorail its almost 50 miles from the airport which would easily cost you $2 billion to do.

Anon
17 days ago

That was 60 years ago…

Anonymous
17 days ago

No, but they should move some cargo operations to Tamiami or Opa-Locka airports, in my opinion.

Anonymous
17 days ago

Ageee and clean up the Miami River inland with residential and mixed use

Anonymous
16 days ago

Yeah redirect cargo boats to other rivers and make Miami River only for entertainment leisure and the bridges won’t have to go up an obscene amount

Anonymous
17 days ago

We have three international airports in South Florida already, all of them planned to expand.