Salt Lake City International Airport’s flexible new terminal will support the region’s growth while setting a new environmental benchmark for aviation hubs. Scheduled to open in 2020, the new three-story terminal and concourse will replace a total of 29 outdated structures, including three separate terminals and five concourses.
This single, highly efficient, 1.7 million-sq.-ft. terminal building will be located west of the existing complex and have the capacity to serve up to 23 million passengers per year. The “future-proof” design provides flexibility that will enable specific areas to be easily modified and reconfigured as the airport’s and airlines’ needs change over time.
HOK’s design celebrates Utah’s natural beauty and reputation as an outdoor recreation hub. The airport is nestled between the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges and the Great Salt Lake. Floor-to-ceiling glass provides expansive views to the airfield and iconic mountains and provides an uplifting, cheerful ambiance. Glass and earth-toned interior and exterior finishes connect passengers to the landscape.
At the building’s heart is a soaring interior space called the Canyon, which houses security screening areas, shopping and dining facilities. This open space is a visual anchor that organizes the terminal. A large-scale sculpture by award-winning artist Gordon Huether defines the Canyon walls and reflects natural Utah elements such as red rock canyons, alpine peaks, moving water and cottony white clouds.
HOK’s multidisciplinary planning and design team created solutions for mitigating seismic risk, providing appropriately sized facilities, providing highly efficient and cost effective operations, improving customer service, accommodating growth and optimizing energy efficiency.
With a target of LEED Gold certification, sustainable design strategies minimize the airport’s environmental footprint. High-performance glazing systems draw in daylight while preventing heat gain. Energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems provide additional savings. The efficient configuration of the terminal and gate locations reduces fuel use and aircraft emissions. Source by HOK.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
General contractor: Joint venture of Holder Construction and Big-D Construction (HDJV)
Capacity: 23 million annual passengers by 2034
Budget: $1.8 billion
Size: 1.7 million sq. ft. / 157,935 sq. m. (terminal); 3.9 million sq. ft. / 362,321 sq. m. (terminal, garage and central utility plant)
Schedule: Construction groundbreaking: July 2014; Terminal opening: 2020; Airport redevelopment complete: 2023
Images: Courtesy of HOK