b'54 FLL TERMINALSOpen-Airport Surgery Raises the Roofat Fort Lauderdale Intl BY JODI RICHARDS In September, Fort Lauderdale- FLL grow and adapt to evolving needs ofexpansion project Hollywood International (FLL)the traveling public. The enhancementsadministrator for completed a $153 millionin Terminal 2 signal a new chapter inthe Broward County modernization program in Terminal 2 toConcourse Ds evolution from an outdatedAviation Department. catch up with years of significant growthdesign architecture to one more modern,Concessions were in passenger traffic. Recent changesvibrant and appealing, and the results soin need of updates, at the South Florida airport increasefar are awesome, Gale said in a providedrestrooms were the main buildings capacity by 33,000statement. insufficient andSTACI MONTEFUSCOsquare feet, including a 45-foot verticalAt more than 30 years old, Terminal 2dated, holdrooms expansion in new airside court. Projects towas not designed to accommodate thewere undersized, and the two security improve passenger flow and enhance thevolume of passengers it was receiving. Incheckpoint entries confused passengers. customer experience include relocating and2012, FLL served 23.5 million travelers,With the exception of the baggage expanding the security checkpoint, andcompared to 17 million in 2002 andhandling system and a small portion of the updating holdrooms, restrooms and airside8.3 million in 1992. Passenger trafficticket lobby, Terminal 2 had only received concessions.was nearly 25 million in 2014 whenminor improvements over the years.Mark Gale, chiefdesign work began on the Terminal 2We knew that we needed to modernize executive officer/ Modernization Project, and it soaredthe facility in a way that would improve the director of Aviation forto nearly 36 million in 2018 by the timepassenger experience and accommodate the Broward Countyconstruction started. the growth, says Montefusco. Aviation Department,Before all the changes, Terminal 2 wasOfficials describe the intensive explains that theundersized and outdated for FLLs currentrenovation to do so as open-airport changes will helpMARK GALE passenger needs, says Staci Montefusco,surgery because it occurred while the November | December 2022AirportImprovement.com'