Roofing for miles

Architectural Sheet Metal Inc. helps build a new automated people mover complex at Orlando International Airport

If you visited Orlando, Fla., during 2018, you most likely are one of 47 million passengers who traveled through Orlando International Airport, now the busiest airport in Florida and the tenth busiest airport in the U.S. Its airport code MCO stands for the airport’s former name, McCoy Air Force Base, a strategic air command installation that was closed in 1975 after the Vietnam War.

With the airport at nearly double capacity, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has been planning a comprehensive expansion program. Thanks to a $923 million bond issue, a $3.5 billion capital expansion program is well underway. Phase one of the expansion—the South Airport Automated People Mover Complex—is near completion. Architectural Sheet Metal Inc., Orlando, installed the roof systems on the 200,000-square-foot facility.


The project began with Architectural Sheet Metal bidding to two contractors with two scope reviews because project work was divided between two general contractors. The contractors were required to select the same roofing contractor per the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, and each was to provide its own contract. After the project was awarded, Architectural Sheet Metal had to submit requests for information to each general contractor, review design issues with each one separately and then share that information with the other general contractor.