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MIA New South Terminal Expansion

Miami, Florida

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Passenger Terminals

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Construction Management, Design



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Photo Credit: Streano/Havens Photography
Photo Credit: Steven Brooke
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Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Aviation Department
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Opened in 2007 the South Terminal at Miami International Airport (MIA) does more than just help transport one fourth of MIA's passengers from one destination to another. The 1.7-million-square-foot facility amazes the senses of passengers with its architectural design as it meets their travel needs. South Terminal encompasses a new Concourse J with 15 gates and a renovated Concourse H with 13 gates, serving 20 domestic and international carriers.

Project Highlights:

  • New Multi-level Airport Terminal
  • 1,700,000 sf.
  • Mechanical Engineering (Fire Protection and Plumbing)
  • Civil Engineering (Airside/Landside)
  • Coordination with On-going Projects
  • Coordination with Airlines

T.Y. Lin International provided mechanical (plumbing and fire protection systems) and civil (airside/landside) engineering design and construction phase services for the South Terminal Expansion Program at MIA. The new multi-level $360M terminal is equivalent to a new midsize airport and represents the first major terminal expansion at MIA since the airport was built in the 1950s. The firm was also the engineer-of-record for the landside roadways adjacent to the South Terminal facility.

The facility included the design curbside roadways, the new South Bus Station; an 18-position bus station facility to serve the buses from the Port of Miami. The firm analyzed the civil design criteria and utilized computer-generated bus movements to ensure adequate pavement area was available for bus maneuvering. The design included the preparation of an early package for an interim bus station which was utilized during the terminal building construction. The design also included removal and rerouting of existing utilities beneath the proposed terminal. The civil work involved planning and design of landside roadways including a traffic calming circle for vehicular traffic exiting the airport from the terminal area and adjacent parking structure.

The airside civil scope of services of the work involved new aircraft parking aprons, full utility design to service the terminal building and a unique grading condition for a depressed lower level of in the baggage make-up area. The utility work involved demolition of existing service lines and creation of two replacement drainage lines that had to continue beneath the building between massive foundations. All site work was coordinated with three adjacent projects (terminal, airside, landside roadways) that were part of the overall South Terminal Program at MIA.