Two Lasting Projects of the RNC

Two Lasting Projects of the RNC


Tampa, Fla. – As the dust settles and the tens of thousands of visitors who descended upon Tampa Bay for the 2012 Republican National Convention head home, local businesses are returning to business as usual having completed the short-term projects they landed for the duration of the Convention only.


While many of the decorations, features and add-ons provided lasted merely a few days, other improvements will provide great benefit to the Tampa Bay area for years to come.  Two of these projects were completed by leading-edge technology solutions provider, Mission Critical Solutions (MCS).


MCS reaped the financial benefits of the party’s visit long before the masses were scheduled to descend on Tampa Bay, following the completion of two large-scale projects at Tampa International Airport (TIA) and the Convention Center, totaling close to $1.8 million in contract value.


At TIA, Hardin Construction contracted MCS to complete its first phase of a major modernization at the airport by improving the overall functionality of its Main Terminal and ensuring a long-lasting, positive impression was made on those arriving for the Convention and in the future.


The upgrade included installation and implementation of enhanced audio visual systems at TIA’s baggage claim and ticketing areas. MCS configured seven video walls throughout the two levels, each boasting twelve 46” LCD monitors, and a new Tourism Kiosks with 55” monitors. The entire project took roughly three months and was completed in mid-July.


“The team at MCS was honored to work on a project that will directly affect visitor experience at TIA during the RNC and for years to come.” said MCS President and Founder Gilbert Gonzalez.  “Our team worked diligently to provide state of the art, quality design and installations and takes great pride in knowing that we have had a hand in creating a positive first impression of our great city.”


In need of expansion to the Convention Center’s Wi-Fi capabilities, the City of Tampa contracted MCS to provide a Xirrus Wireless-based system to support the expansion of the wireless network throughout the Center.The project, also completed in July, resulted in a state-of-the-art network capable of handling the web traffic of those in attendance, including 15,000 members of the media.


“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the RNC and our country’s history,” added Gonzalez. “As a small business, MCS enjoyed tremendous success and remains grateful to have been provided the opportunities to showcase its areas of expertise.”