The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the $3.6 billion redevelopment program for Salt Lake City International Airport has reached the halfway mark. This first phase of the program is scheduled for completion in 2020. Experts say that everything is going as planned and is on track.
Of course, one of the most critical aspects of a project like this is for construction workers to get their work done each day while not impeding the airport’s busy air traffic schedules. The Salt Lake Airport serves 10 airlines including Delta, American, United, and Southwest. SLC is a major hub for Delta Airlines and ranks 23rd busiest in the US. There were 327,292 take-offs and landings in 2017. The airport complex is comprised of two terminals, five concourses and 71 gates in all. To say that this airport stays busy is an understatement. But add to that approximately 1,750 construction workers and imagine the chaos.
The Size and Complexity of the SLC Airport Upgrade
HD Construction, a joint venture of Big-D Construction and Holder Construction is overseeing this new development project. Both companies have ample experience in projects this large. They do come into it with some excellent project management skills. However, as everyone in construction knows, your best-laid plans can quickly fall by the wayside on projects of this complexity and size.
The project website says that to date, over 3 million square feet of pavement has been removed by construction crews. There’s always a lot of tearing things down before you can rebuild involved in “redevelopment” projects. These types of projects are almost always undertaken because the current airport can no longer handle the amount of air traffic going in and coming out of Salt Lake City.
Popular Ski Resorts in the Area
Though the city is home to many large, thriving technology companies, it is also a popular destination for business travelers and convention-goers. In addition, there are 10 great ski resorts within an hour of the airport. Salt Lake has long featured some of America’s most remarkable landscapes and vistas including the Wasatch Mountain Range. There are 42 state parks and five national parks in the region.
The greater Salt Lake City area is home to approximately 1,240,000 people. It is also well-known as the world headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Perhaps the biggest reason for the SLC airport upgrade is the presence of major corporations doing business there. The headquarters of two Fortune 1000 companies are located there, along with over a dozen other well-known brands, such as 3M, Adobe, Goldman Sachs, Overstock.com, and eBay, just to name a few.
This new airport redevelopment program will no doubt attract other big name brand companies to the region.
The first phase of the development includes a new south concourse, designed to be the length of seven football fields. Once the entire project is completed, the concourse will span the length of 12 football fields. At its completion, the newly upgraded SLC airport should make air travel in and out of the region much more comfortable and convenient.