Salt Lake City International Airport asked HOK to redefine the airport experience to create a transit hub that would advance the aspirations of the city, its visitors, airport staff and major stakeholder Delta Air Lines.
The design began as a 48-gate passenger terminal facility and evolved into a unified 78-gate facility that is essentially creating an entirely new airport in Utah’s capital. The project is one of the nation’s largest aviation developments in years and will be the first completely new airport built in the U.S. in the 21st century.
HOK’s design celebrates Utah’s natural beauty and reputation as an outdoor recreation hub. Floor-to-ceiling glass provides expansive views to the airfield and Wasatch Mountains.
A soaring interior atrium called “The Canyon” houses security screening areas, shopping and dining facilities. A large-scale sculpture by artist Gordon Huether defines the walls and reflects natural Utah elements such as red rock canyons, alpine peaks, moving water and puffy white clouds. Branding and wayfinding by HOK’s Experience Design team graphically express the spirit of the city and region while assisting travelers as they navigate their way to and within the new terminal.
With a goal of establishing a U.S. benchmark for environmentally responsible airports, the team is targeting LEED Gold certification.
Working with two construction managers, the team has been able to find innovative economies of scale in design, specification and construction.