One year into phase 2 of its $4.1-billion, multifaceted makeover, Salt Lake City International Airport recently marked the topping out of Concourse A-East. The 337,700-sq-ft, 22-gate expansion will provide an aboveground connection between Concourse A-West and Concourse B, both of which opened in October 2020 as part of the construction program’s first phase and have received LEED Gold certification. The two concourses also will be linked underground via another Phase 2 project—a 990-ft-long, 106,140-sq-ft Central Tunnel. Along with an art installation called “The River Tunnel,” work includes a new entry point to Concourse B that will provide a mini-plaza complete with large-scale art installations. The Central Tunnel also will provide space for a tram connection to access a future additional concourse. The joint venture of Holder Construction and Big-D Construction is leading Phase 2, which is scheduled to wrap up in 2024.
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Photo: Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte's Distinctive Outdoor Canopy is a Showpiece
The $600-million terminal lobby expansion at Charlotte Douglas International Airport includes 366,000 sq ft of new and renovated interior to provide additional circulation space, automated security screening lanes and new customer amenities. Outside, a distinctive 146,000-sq-ft exterior canopy will shelter the existing elevated terminal access roadway and curb front, while overhead and underground walkways will offer safer connections with parking facilities. The program is scheduled for completion in 2025.
New Terminal Takes Off
Number of originating U.S. airline passengers in Q2 2021, nearly double the previous quarter’s total, and up from 11.5 million passengers a year earlier.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics
The post-pandemic world’s first ground-up airport terminal project formally got underway in mid-October with groundbreaking ceremonies for Pittsburgh International Airport’s $1.4-billion Terminal Modernization Program. Delayed by a year due to sharp drop-offs in passenger traffic, the three-year program includes a centerpiece 700,000-sq-ft terminal that consolidates ticketing, security checkpoints and baggage claim, as well as a 3,300-space parking garage, rental car facilities and entrance roadways.
SW Fla. International Airport
Terminal Project Features Streamlined Security
Construction is underway on the $331-million expansion of Southwest Florida International Airport’s main terminal. Totaling 281,000 sq ft of remodeled space and new construction, the three-year project calls for consolidating existing TSA checkpoints into a more streamlined 16-lane configuration and providing new walkways, concession options, additional seating and a business lounge.
A Maintenance Milestone
Maryland officials have approved construction and operations contracts for a new $135-million Southwest Airlines maintenance facility at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. To be funded jointly by the airline and the state, the 27-acre project will incorporate a hangar with room to service up to three Boeing 737 planes, as well as apron space for another eight jets. The facility also will have office and workshop space and tool storage areas.
Keeping Pace With Growth
With passenger counts regularly setting new records over the past decade, Montrose County Airport in southwest Colorado has launched a $33-million expansion that will double the size of its existing terminal, to 70,000 sq ft. The two-year project includes 30,000 sq ft of new indoor and outdoor construction, 8,000 sq ft of existing facility renovation and additional space for ground-service equipment.