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Construction update: SkyCenter, atrium flying along

SkyCenter One and the adjacent atrium appear all but complete – at least on the outside.

For the past several months, contractors working on SkyCenter One office building and atrium have steadily knocked down one milestone after another, turning more and more to interior finishes and some of the finer details.

Of particular note: The office building’s exterior – featuring nine stories of glass windows – is now complete. Crews with J.E. Dunn are busy working on the interiors, adding massive amounts of drywall to each floor, constructing the gym and plumbing the building’s future café, among other key tasks.

The contractor aims to turn over critical spaces in the coming months to the building’s tenants, including the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, so that they can add the finishing touches.

The atrium is even further along.

On the bottom floor, crews are adding terrazzo. On the levels above, tile is rapidly being set. Overhead, workers are adding thousands of square feet of ceiling tile.

One of the atrium’s most important features is a multi-story staircase that sits prominently in the building’s vast open space. This staircase is now getting its handrails.

On the rooftop terrace, where building users will be able to go to enjoy a 360-degree view of Tampa Bay, crews are adding large amounts of landscaping. Sod, palm trees and, soon, shrubs, will beautify the area.

The covered bridge that connects the atrium to the SkyConnect station at the Rental Car Center is also now fully enclosed and tile is beginning to go in. Workers are also installing the moving walkway that will quickly transport people from the SkyCenter area to the train and beyond.

Early 2021 brings some important milestones for both buildings.

The atrium and pedestrian walkway are expected to hit substantial completion in February 2021. Meanwhile, the SkyCenter One office building is expected to be substantially complete (excluding tenant improvements) in the spring.