–New facility, QTA and RSS getting rave reviews from travelers and visitors alike–

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 10, 2020 – Just a few weeks since its opening, the New Salt Lake City Airport has proven to be incredibly well-received by Utah residents and visitors alike. In fact, it’s been called the “new gold standard for American airports.”

And now, the Holder/Big-D Joint Venture (HDJV) has commenced with the next phase of the project – the demolition of Salt Lake’s former airport, currently underway. At the same time, the Holder/Big-D partnership continues to celebrate completion of its primary task – construction of the new airport’s beautiful new terminal, Concourse A West (HDJV also completed work on the airport’s Quick Turnaround (QTA) facility and its Rental Service Sites (RSS).

Best of all? HDTV brought Phase I construction of the New SLC Airport in on time, on course and on budget. (Phase II is expected to be completed by late 2024/early 2025.)

“Over the six-year course of the Phase I project, more than 16,000 men and women worked on construction of the New SLC Airport,” said Mike Sant, Holder/Big-D Director of Preconstruction. “The new airport will be a global hub for the 21st Century, meant to serve the people of Utah and travelers around the world for decades to come.”

Elaborate as its design aesthetic may be, the New SLC Airport complex is really about functionality. Ultimately, the new airport will welcome more than 34 million passengers a year to its main terminal, parking garage and two concourses. And the airport’s LEED-certified status and sophisticated amenities make it one of just nine airports in the United States to have achieved such notoriety.

Among other notable high points of the New SLC Airport (Concourse A West):

  • Construction personnel worked more than 8.5 million hours
  • The New SLC Airport cost $4.1 billion to construct; but not a single dollar came from local (Utah) taxes
  • The New SLC Airport’s footprint stretches 296.7 acres
  • Airport workers installed 7,600 stone columns, guaranteeing seismic stability
  • Airport workers drove more than 3,200 steel piles
  • The First Phase included 49 elevators; 29 escalators; 18 moving walkways
  • The New SLC’s baggage system features 7 miles of conveyor belts
  • Concourse A counts 25 gates in Phase I, with another 22 expected in Phase II
  • The team tracked approximately 30,000-plus separate construction activities

From an overall perspective, there are or will be an abundance of amenities at the New SLC Airport, including 3,600 parking stalls, 24 bathrooms (in the new terminal and Concourse A West) spaced at 300 feet apart, a 28,000-square-foot Delta Sky Club and 50-foot windows centered on Salt Lake City’s striking mountain backdrop.

Between the central terminal and the A and B concourses there will be some 58 shops and restaurants. Also, unique to the new terminal is the Greeting Room, a centralized facility that can accommodate between 300-400 people and is meant for large-scale reunions for families and friends of returning missionaries, military service men and women and others.

“It’s somewhat humbling to be associated with a project of this magnitude,” Big-D CEO Rob Moore said. “Big-D and its affiliates have been associated with the construction and development of projects around the country, but few compare in size and scope with the New SLC Airport, especially considering the millions and millions of people who will be visiting it for generations to come.”

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