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Salt Lake City International Airport Reaches Halfway Mark

Monday, August 6, 2018

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport is 50 percent complete as of last week, ushering in a new phase of work that will become increasingly visible to residents as construction continues.

The $3.6 billion redevelopment of the airport is the largest construction project in the history of the state, Salt Lake City International Airport Director Bill Wyatt told The Salt Lake Tribune. New buildings and elevated roadways are starting to go up.

Redevelopment Project

To date, much of the construction has been kept out of view of both passengers and residents, but things will become more visible as work progresses on a new concourse for airplane gates, a gateway building, a new enclosed terminal, a second concourse, a five-story parking garage and other features. The airport is spending $50 million to $70 million monthly on the project.

Images: Salt Lake City International Airport

The new Salt Lake City International Airport reached 50 percent completion last week, ushering in a new phase of work that will become increasingly visible to residents as construction continues.

The center terminal building is 866,087 square feet and cost $485,833,622 to construct; the structure is composed of 11,007 tons of structural steel and 22 miles of steel piles. A large art installation dubbed “The Canyon” will also cover both walls of the new terminal, evocative of the Salt Lake City landscape and covering roughly half the length of a football field.

Project manager Mike Williams noted that construction “is in the 50 percent range overall” of completion, with the first phase of work slated to open in late 2020. After that, the second phase will include tearing down the existing airport to extend concourses.

A key component of working on the project has been keeping construction from interfering with the traveling public. Upon completion of the first phase of work, the new south concourse will be seven football fields long; it will extend to 12 upon absolute completion.

According to the SLC website, redevelopment was warranted due to increased demands of passengers, increased need for security and upping efficiency. The original airport was built in the early 1960s.

Project Design Details

The new airport terminal meets the LEED Gold rating, with a "Roadmap to Net Zero" currently in development. Funding is largely stemming from federal grants, user fees, airport revenue bonds and airport reserves; no taxes are being used.

The $3.6 billion redevelopment of the airport is the largest construction project in the history of the state, Salt Lake City International Airport Director Bill Wyatt told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Austin Commercial and Okland Construction are working jointly on the north concourse. HDJV, a collaboration between Holder Construction and Utah's Big-D Construction, is working on the SLC, with architecture firm HOK also serving on the project. Both Holder and Big-D have extensive experience with airport construction.

According to Construction Dive, tthe cost of redeveloping the SLC has doubled: The original projection was $1.8 billion. What drove up the price was the $740 million concourse, as well as a cost increase for materials and labor. There was also the fact that the budget was somewhat flexible until bids could be confirmed.

“The airport really listened to all of the feedback that we received early on, so the project that is being delivered incorporates a lot of what people have asked for: the beauty of Utah, the colors of Utah,” Williams said. “It’s going to have rental cars right out front just like today. It will have a lot more space and concessions.”

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Architecture; Color + Design; Construction; Design

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