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Ground broken on new terminal at Salt Lake City International

A ground breaking ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on a new $1.8 billion terminal project at Salt Lake City International Airport.

City Mayor, Ralph Becker, led the ceremony last week for the Salt Lake City Department of Airports’ Terminal Redevelopment Programme.

The event was held at the site where the car rental operation will soon be relocated, as the Utah gateway gets set for a major overhaul.

It is the first major construction project that kicks off the 8-10 year programme, which will result in a new terminal and associated facilities at Salt Lake City International.

The project will be built in phases and is expected to generate nearly 24,000 jobs, with the first phase expected to be completed in 2019, and the second in 2022.

A single terminal will be built southwest of the existing terminal complex featuring dual level access, new parking, and more spacious, modernized facilities, and replace the current terminal, giving passengers flying in and out, sweeping views of the nearby Wasatch mountain range.


The $1.8 billion development is funded by federal grants, user fees, general airport revenue bonds, and airport reserves.

Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker, explains: “This project certainly reflects our status as an ever-growing crossroads and regional leader.

“Not only will we be creating vast improvements in efficiency and convenience for all airport users, but also doing so in a way that seeks unprecedented environmental goals for a facility of this kind, helping to address our serious air quality issues and accomplishing this all without additional expense to taxpayers.”

HOK is the project’s architect while HDJV Construction (a joint venture between Holder Construction and Big-D Construction) are the builders.

The current terminal design was meant to handle about 10mppa, but the airport now serves twice that number, while the new terminal is expected to handle 30mppa by 2034.

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