Terminal Construction Updates

The New SLC Timeline


  • Unveiled design of The New SLC
  • Announcement and ground breaking for The New SLC
  • Started construction of Rental Car Service Facilities and Quick Turn Around Facility
  • Completed Economy Parking Lot


  • Opened Rental Car Service Facilities and Quick Turn Around Facility
  • Announced addition of North Concourse
  • Redirected Terminal Drive to free-up space for terminal construction
  • Demolished former rental car service facilities and south leg of Concourse E
  • Installed more than 7,000 underground stone columns for seismic stability
  • Started Terminal tunnel excavation
  • Began driving piles for Terminal, South Concourse-west, and Gateway Center


  • Continued driving piles for Terminal, South Concourse-west, and Gateway Center
  • Start construction on Central Utility Plant, Gateway Center, Parking Garage, Terminal, and the west side of the north and south concourses
  • Break ground on North Concourse-west
  • New Park and Wait Lot to open


  • Continue construction on the Central Utility Plant, Gateway Center, Parking Garage, Terminal, and the North and South Concourses-west


  • Unveiling of Gateway Center, Parking Garage, Terminal, North and South Concourses-west
  • Begin demolition of former parking garage, Terminals 1 and 2, and Concourses A and E


  • Build North and South Concourses-east
  • Demolition of Concourses B, C, and D
  • Demolition of International Terminal

Construction Updates

February 21, 2018

  • Completed installation of all major equipment (generator, boilers, chillers, cooling towers) in the Central Utility Plant
  • Started framing work and external material installation on Terminal’s north side
  • Began utility hook up for North Concourse trailer complex

Terminal Framing

February 7, 2018

  • Installed first of 18 moving walkways in South Concourse-West
  • Decommissioned Gates D10 and D12 to capture area for the North Concourse-West construction
  • Continued Terminal structural steel erection
  • Averaged more than 1,000 trade contractor staff onsite

Aerial Looking West Jan 2018

January 24, 2018

  • Cordoned off an area airside to begin work on the North Concourse-West
  • Shored and poured Parking Garage levels 2 and 3
  • Continued interior framing of the South Concourse-West
  • Averaged about 950 staff on the job site

Area G

January 3, 2018

  • Began installing windows in South Concourse-West
  • Completed Central Utility Plant masonry
  • Poured concrete on Level 3 of the Parking Garage

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December 13, 2017

  • Began baggage system hanger installation
  • Continued work on enclosing the South Concourse-West, including first glass panel install
  • Started vertical work on the west tunnel, which will tie the South Concourse-West to the North Concourse-West

West tunnel tie in Dec 2017

November 29, 2017

  • Continued work to enclose South Concourse-West with exterior sheathing installation
  • Began interior framing of the Central Utility Plant; roofing to begin next week
  • Completed concrete pour for south end of the parking garage

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November 15, 2017

  • Started excavation for the elevated roadway
  • Continued steel erection for central terminal 
  • Averaged 745 workers on site per day

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November 1, 2017

  • Completed steel erection on South Concourse-West and began framing work to enclose concourse
  • Installed boilers and chillers in the Central Utility Plant
  • Completed concrete pours on second level of the parking garage
  • Surpassed 700 workers on-site

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October 18, 2017

  • Started steel erection for central terminal
  • Assembled one of two Liebherr cranes for terminal steel erection. Each crane weighs approx. 700,000 lbs.
  • Continued concrete preparation and pours for Parking Garage and South Concourse-West

IMG 1491 660 ton crane assembly

October 4, 2017

  • Poured the final column for level one of the parking garage
  • Began installing cranes for Terminal steel erection
  • Poured concrete for elevator and escalator pit walls leading from South Concourse-West to the west tunnel

Parking Garage pours

September 20, 2017

  • Poured initial concrete for ground level of the parking garage
  • Began interior and exterior framing for the South Concourse-West
  • Averaged 610 construction staff on-site daily
  • Worked 1 million staff hours in 755 days without a lost time incident

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September 6, 2017

  • Poured concrete at the Gateway Center and for the final six ground-level columns for the parking garage
  • Continued erecting steel for South Concourse-West, which is expected to be completed the end of September
  • Began framing for curtain walls on South-Concourse West

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August 23, 2017

  • Poured first elevated deck concrete slab on South Concourse-West
  • Continued erecting Parking Garage beams and columns
  • Started Central Utility Plant steel erection
  • Averaged 588 construction staff on-site

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August 9, 2017

  • Poured concrete columns for elevated roadway and parking garage
  • Continued erecting steel for South Concourse
  • Averaged 550 workers on-site daily
  • Continued concrete pours for terminal tunnel

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July 26, 2017

  • Forming walls inside the tunnel to the future terminal building
  • Poured 1,200 yards of concrete between the future parking garage and terminal building
  • Installing temporary storm drainage in former Park and Wait lot
  • Counted 19 cranes on construction site

Steel Erection and Metal Deck

July 12, 2017

  • Completed 99 percent of piles driven for parking garage and 95 percent of deep duct work
  • Planning for demolition of police building
  • Working on TRAX design
  • Continued steel erection of South Concourse-West

Steel erection on South Concourse-West

June 28, 2017

  • Installed first of three tower cranes to build the five-level parking garage
  • Poured concrete for Terminal and South Concourse-West (ongoing)
  • Erected steel for South Concourse-West (ongoing)
  • Installed columns, pile caps and rebar installation for parking garage (ongoing)

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June 14, 2017

  •  Waterproofing of terminal tunnel ongoing
  •  Poured concrete for first elevated roadway column
  • Reached 460 trade contractors on site
  • Steel erection on South Concourse-West continues

Construction 1

May 31, 2017

  • New Park and Wait lot opens June 1, 2017
  • Construction crews are building rebar cage towers (24’ high) for the parking garage and rebar cage columns (33’ high) for the elevated roadway
  • Preparations are underway for North Concourse construction
  • Work to extend existing tunnel to connect the South and North Concourses
  • About 430 workers currently on site
  • Concrete pours taking place for Terminal walls

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May 17, 2017

  • The first steel beam was erected May 17 for the South Concourse, signaling the start of vertical construction
  • During the next 13-17 weeks, 21,600 tons of steel (an average of 30-40 tons per day) will be brought to the site for the South Concourse, Terminal and Gateway Center
  • Directional signs for the new Park-and-Wait lot are being installed in preparation for a June 1 opening
  • More than 400 construction workers are now on site


May 3, 2017

  •  Landscaping and asphalt paving is complete at the new Park and Wait Lot, which opens June 1, 2017
  • Stem walls are finished for the South Concourse-West and a concrete pour is scheduled for next week
  • Steel piles have all been driven at the Central Utility Plant and concrete for the walls will be poured later this week


April 24, 2017

  • Waterproofing underway in sections of the new Terminal and Central Utility Plant
  • Planting more than 9,000 trees and shrubs to landscape new Park and Wait area
  • Driving piles for new Parking Garage foundation
  • Preparing areas in South Concourse (pictured below) and Parking Garage for concrete pours 

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April 5, 2017

  • Work on a new Park and Wait continues
  • De-watering efforts ongoing at future passenger tunnel site 
  • Preparing for advance work to begin April 13 on the elevated roadway, with work taking place evenings between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for two weeks

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March 29, 2017

Construction crews continue to:

  • Excavate concourse tunnel
  • Pour walls for Terminal tunnel and basement floor slab
  • Pile caps in South Concourse-West and set rebar and forms
  • Form and pour foundations and grade beams for South Concourse-West
  • Work on parking garage site and related utilities

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March 3, 2017

 The New SLC construction team poured the first Terminal Tunnel mat slab.

  • This significant concrete pour resulted in a four-foot thick mat slab
  • Two concrete pump trucks and numerous concrete deliveries were needed for the 1700 cubic-yard pour
  • After about eight hours of work, the pour was complete


Feb. 22, 2017

  • Halfway point in steel pile installation reached with nearly 2,000 piles driven into the ground
  • De-watering process underway around terminal tunnel construction
  • New Park and Wait lot scheduled to open in late May
  • Crews preparing the footprint for the new parking garage


Feb. 8, 2017

  • Despite the challenge presented by the snowy weather, the baggage tunnel excavation is on schedule
  • Utility installation is taking place at the west side of the South Concourse
  • The new Park and Wait area is scheduled to be complete by the end of May 2017

August 2016 - Getting Better at Every Turn

A significant detour to two roadways exiting the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) has taken place.

As of Sept. 7, both the road exiting the Airport’s parking garage as well as Terminal Drive exiting the Airport have shifted south and now loop around a section of the Airport rebuild project before reconnecting with the established roadway. The detour takes drivers by the first major milestone of the Airport rebuild: the building that houses the rental car service facilities, which opened in January 2016.

Traffic Pattern Shift August September 2016

The road change is necessary to open up land needed to construct the new Airport terminal and parking garage. The new roadways will be in place until 2020 when a new elevated roadway is completed.

May 2016 - Taking a Turn for the Better

Changes are being made to Terminal Drive to provide space for construction of SLC's new terminal complex. Motorists picking up passengers in front of the terminals will now take a sharp left-hand turn as they leave the terminal area. The same change will be put in place by May 25 for the passenger drop-off and commercial lanes. 

Terminal Drive Roadway Change

Changes in the road could result in delays, so the public should allow extra time when dropping off or picking up passengers. SLC also reminds motorists to follow posted speed limits and remain alert when driving through the airport. UTA’s Airport TRAX Line is a convenient alternative for passengers to avoid construction delays.

March 2016 - Rental Car Facilities Completed

March marked a major milestone for the Terminal Redevelopment Program, with the completion of the Quick Turn-Around (QTA) and Rental Service Site (RSS) buildings.

The QTA, which houses the fueling and cleaning operations for rental car companies, totals 469,567 square feet of space and can store up to 900 cars. The building includes 64 fuel pumps and 14 car wash units that recycle 85% of the water used. The three RSS facilities, used for light maintenance, total 32,433 square feet and can store up to 500 cars.


Completed QTA RSS

Now that rental car companies are using their new facilities, their old buildings have now been demolished, making space for the new parking structure, terminal and temporary road system exiting the airport.


February 2016 - Drive Through Ramp Demolished

The exit ramp to what was previously the drive-through lane of the Airport's short-term parking garage has been demolished. The drive-through lane was closed in October and converted to Premium Parking. The exit ramp area - as well as what formerly housed the car rental canopies - will become a new roadway exiting the airport the summer of 2016 to prepare for future construction projects.

Ramp Demo Crop

Here are some facts about the demolition and rerouting of Terminal Drive, taking place in summer of 2016:

  • 12 miles of existing utilities will be removed
  • 12 miles of new utilities (storm water, sewer, water, electrical) will be installed (This is the equivalent of a continuous utility line from downtown Salt Lake City to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.)
  • Temporary roadways more than one mile long will be constructed
  • 3.4 million square feet (77 acres) of existing paving/landscaping will be demolished
  • 45,000 cubic yards of concrete will be recycled as part of the future airfield paving
  • Four miles of temporary fencing will be installed

Phases of work around the ramp demo jpg

October 2015 - Drive Through Lane Closed

Due to construction related to the Terminal Redevelopment Program, the drive through lane in the parking structure has permanently closed. The drive through lane exit ramp will be demolished this winter and construction on the new parking facility and roadways will begin shortly thereafter. If you’re used to picking up or dropping off loved ones in the drive through lane, be aware that after October 1, you will need to use the curbside pick-up and drop-off areas.

Parking Ramp

Please note that this change does not impact short or long-term parking in the parking structure.


For more information on the Terminal Redevelopment Program, visit The New SLC page. 

·         Halfway point in steel pile installation reached with nearly 2,000 piles driven into the ground

·         De-watering process underway around terminal tunnel construction

·         New Park and Wait lot scheduled to open in late May

·         Crews preparing the footprint for the new parking garage

·         Landscaping and asphalt paving is complete at the new Park and Wait Lot, which opens June 1, 2017

·         Stem walls are finished for the South Concourse-West and a concrete pour is scheduled for next week

·         Steel piles have all been driven at the Central Utility Plant and concrete for the walls will be poured later this week

·         Waterproofing of terminal tunnel ongoing

·         Poured concrete for first elevated roadway column

·         Reached 460 trade contractors on site

·         Steel erection on South Concourse-West continues

·         Poured concrete columns for elevated roadway and parking garage

·         Continued erecting steel for South Concourse

·         Averaged 550 workers on-site daily

·         Continued concrete pours for terminal tunnel