HOK Conceives $1.8 Billion Terminal for Salt Lake City International Airport

The terminal's "Canyon” space will feature color-changing bas-reliefs; all images courtesy of HOK.

HOK’s Aviation + Transportation division is planning a $1.8 billion airport terminal for Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah.

A new three-story, approximately 1.7 million-square-foot terminal will replace three existing terminals. As depicted by renderings, the design is inspired by the nearby Wasatch Range mountains. The exterior will be clad in a rust-red material, while interiors will feature a neutral palette and expansive glazing to capture landscape views.

“One of the great things about flying into Salt Lake City is flying into the valley between the mountain ranges on the approach to the airport,” said Robert Chicas, a director at HOK, in a statement. “This new terminal will be an extension of that experience.”

The facility will accommodate a new light rail station, an additional 3,600 parking spaces, and additional security checkpoints. It will contain public space with retail outlets, and baggage claim areas will be reconfigured to improve pedestrian traffic. Its focal point will be a large space titled “the Canyon” with walls featuring color-changing bas-reliefs. 

Despite a reduction from 86 to 72 gates, the new terminal is projected to accommodate larger aircrafts, as well as more than 30 million passengers annually (versus the current terminals, which accommodate 10 million passengers annually).

With aspirations to be a net-zero facility, the project is targeting LEED Gold certification and phase one is expected to be complete in 2020.