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A Civic Asset for Salt Lake City’s Future

Salt Lake City International Airport Passenger Terminal
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

“We are supporting the city’s goal of creating one of the world’s premier airports with an inspirational design that celebrates our region and provides an immediate sense of place. At the same time, developing a completely new terminal allows us to support the needs of our airport’s guests and the airlines as efficiently as possible.”

Maureen Riley
Salt Lake City Airport Executive Director

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Scheduled to open in 2020, the new three-story terminal and concourse will replace a total of 29 outdated structures, including three separate terminals and five concourses.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.

In collaboration with the airport and airlines, HOK’s team developed a construction phasing strategy that will incrementally add new facilities and decommission the old ones while minimizing disruption to the airport’s day-to-day operations. Airport officials estimate that the construction will create more than 20,000 jobs and generate about $1 billion in wages. 


LEED Gold anticipated


1.7 million sq. ft. / 157,935 sq. m.
72 gates


Interior Design
IT + Security
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design
Master Planning
   Fire Protection Engineering
Structural Engineering
Sustainable Consulting

23 million

Number of annual passengers the terminal is expected to accommodate by 2034


30 March 2016
“Salt Lake City Airport Finishes First Phase of Expansion Work”
The Salt Lake Tribune

1 January 2016
“First Impressions”
Passenger Terminal World

30 October 2015
“Salt Lake City Officials Reveal HOK’s Design for New Airport Terminal Redevelopment”
HOK News

29 September 2015
“Designs Take Flight for Rebuild of Utah’s Biggest Airport”
The Salt Lake Tribune

27 April 2015
“Salt Lake Airport Launches a New Era”
ENR Mountain States

6 November 2014
“Doing the Right Thing”
Airport World

14 October 2014
“Salt Lake City’s Terminal Redevelopment”
International Airport Review

24 July 2014
“Ground Broken on New Terminal at Salt Lake City International”
Airport World

17 July 2014
“Work on Salt Lake City’s New Airport Ready for Takeoff”
The Salt Lake Tribune