HOK designed a Terminal A to take the airport and Delta Air Lines into the future and create a memorable travel experience for passengers.
The terminal consolidated Delta’s operations into a new main terminal and a satellite concourse connected via an underground pedestrian tunnel with moving sidewalks.
Terminal A was the world’s first LEED-certified air terminal. The daylighting strategy strikes a balance between drawing in natural light and preventing glare. To combat solar heat gain and stormwater runoff, Terminal A features a roofing membrane and paving designed to reflect heat from the building. Special filtration devices remove suspended solids and phosphorus from entering the watershed. Based on the sustainable design strategies, the terminal earned the Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award, which recognizes contributions to achieving better relationships between airports and the environment.
As the first major U.S. terminal built after 9/11, the design incorporated new government-mandated security requirements.