The Orlando International Airport (OIA) is in the top 10 busiest airports in the United States, and the new three-level South ARM Complex (STC) will accommodate travel for 10 million-plus additional passengers. Landscaping the OIA STC presented itself as a unique opportunity for Cherrylake with new challenges from logistics, such as security and aviation, to irrigation. Cherrylake worked collaboratively with airport personnel, the city, and the county, ending with a verdant Florida landscape which will be enjoyed by millions from around the world.
The final result of the project landed as a tropical achievement with colorful Mule Palms, Medjool Palms, and Tabebuia planted along the main roundabout. The baseline irrigation system Cherrylake installed had two eight-inch points of connection which included above ground, steel assemblies to monitor the system. The new terminal entrance, tram drop off, and tram pick up loop now illuminate with lushes palm trees, grasses, native plants, and roses. The tram’s underpass contains a rock bed landscape for simplified maintenance and security.
The facility is expected to open in the spring of 2022.
Client: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Landscape Architect: Baker Barrios
Completion Date: 2018
Type of Project: Public Works
Scope: Irrigation & Landscape Installation