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24 November 2015

Best U.S. Airports Ranked by Condé Nast Traveler

Four current or recent HOK airport clients — Indianapolis, Tampa, Salt Lake City and Long Beach — ranked among the country’s top 10 airports in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2015.

1. Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

“Indianapolis’s seven-year old terminal just feels Midwestern with its airy circular Civic Plaza at the center of it all. Unlike at most airports, the security checkpoints were designed to help people breeze through TSA procedures. Once through, the concourses are full of local favorites like Shapiro’s Delicatessen.”

HOK designed the 1.25 million-sq.-ft., LEED-certified Colonel H. Weir Cook Terminal to be a world-class gateway to Indianapolis.


4. Tampa International Airport (TPA)

“Tampa’s airport feels like a vision of the future from 50 years ago (because it was), but think of this more as the timelessness of TPA. The shuttles taking people from the central terminal to the satellites were unique at the time, and they still function well today. It’s an easy airport that’s very close to downtown, and that makes it a winner.”

The Skanska / HOK design-build team recently revealed the design for a major renovation and expansion of the airport’s main passenger terminal.


8. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

“Salt Lake City International Airport is already beloved by [Condé Nast Readers] readers—and it just unveiled plans for a new $1.8 billion terminal project that will replace 29 structures, including three separate terminals, with a 1.7 million-square-foot terminal building designed by renowned global design firm HOK. Set to open in 2020, the new behemoth will boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the airfield and mountains in the distance, and an indoor space called the Canyon with a large-scale sculpture by artist Gordon Huether.”

Salt Lake City Interior

10. Long Beach Airport (LGB)

“The classic 1940s-era terminal in Long Beach reminds people of the glamour of flying, but it’s the new concourse that really makes the airport shine. Lined with palm trees (that shade an outdoor wine bar), the airport makes you really feel like you’re in Southern California.”

HOK led a 17-firm team that provided planning and design services for the rehabilitation and restoration of the airport’s historic 1941 terminal building.


Condé Nast Traveler