Redesigning an airport with a new and modern concept may be seen as a challenge, but possibly an even bigger challenge is executing a renovation in one of the busiest airports in North America. When it was decided to update Tampa International Airport’s 40-year-old Ticketing and Baggage claims, there was no way that the Florida travel center was going to shut down for the renovation. For five months, the crew of Standard Tile Co. of Sarasota, FL, worked from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. to complete the renovation.
The work for the crew of Standard Tile Co. consisted of removing 45,000 square feet of 1½-inch precast pavers as well as the existing substrate and installing a thin porcelain tile to match the existing elevations. The tile chosen to update the area was from StonePeak’s “Quartzite” Collection. In the design, 12- x 24-inch and 6- x 24-inch pieces were utilized to create a pattern using varying sizes. The workload of the project was evenly distributed between the two areas. The Baggage area, which was on grade level, consumed about 50% of the efforts and the Ticketing level, which was on elevated slab, took about 50% of the focus.