Phase I of the 580,000-sq.-ft. Main Terminal Modernization included demolition and reconstruction of half (20) of the public restrooms on all levels of the Main Terminal, as well as modification of various Hillsborough County Aviation Authority offices. This project incorporated a new USO, four traveler kiosks, and seven state-of-the-art video-wall displays with 32 endcap monitors in the Baggage Claim area. Upgrade of the valet parking and passenger seating areas was also included in Phase I.

Phase II of the project consisted of interior renovation of Tampa International Airport Main Terminal including replacement of carpeting, new glass guardrails at the escalators, new glass cladding at the elevator banks, and new wood paneling on the walls along the corridors.

The $24M renovation and modernization project was slated to take place while the Republican National Convention was in Tampa. The project was scheduled so that Phase I completed 17 days before the convention began with the influx of delegates, news media and protesters. Phase II began after the convention.