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The New SLC Project Fact Sheet         

The first new hub airport built in the U.S. in the 21st century

Developer - Salt Lake City Department of Airports

Timeline - First phase to open September 15, 2020; second phase to open in 2024/25.

Total Facilities - Rental Car Service Facility and Quick Turn Around, Parking Garage, Terminal, two linear concourses, two tunnels, an elevated roadway.

Total acreage of new facility footprint – 296.7 acres; total airport acreage-8,044.

Facilities total 4 million sq. ft. (not including the North Concourse, Mid-Concourse Tunnel or Central Tunnel)

Financial Facts

The Salt Lake City Department of Airports is an enterprise fund of Salt lake City Corporation, which means the airport is financially self-sustaining. The City’s general fund revenues does not support the Airport’s operation. No local tax dollars are being spent on The New SLC.

Funding - $4.1 billion: Airport funds(19.1%); passenger facility charges (7.2%); Customer Facility Charges (5%); Airport revenue bonds in 2017 (20.9%); Airport revenue bonds in 2018 (17.4%); federal grants (4.5%); future bonds (25.9%)

Economic impact - $5.5 billion.

By The Numbers

The First Phase includes 49 elevators; 29 escalators; 18 moving walkways

Baggage System - 7 miles of conveyor belts

Gate Count - 78 gates at completion and six dual use international gates, all with jet bridges (the current airport's gate count is 71 gates and three international gates. Only 55 of the current gates have jet bridges)

Installed 7,600 stone columns to stabilize the ground

Drove more than 3,200 steel piles

Installing 1,800 cameras. 

Tracking approx. 30,000-plus separate construction activities

As of February 2020, worked 8.3 million labor hours


  • 908,754 sq. ft. (Gateway-86,118 sq. ft.; pedestrian bridges-25,948 sq. ft.)
  • $485.8 million (excluding CMG)
  • 50 ft. tall plaza windows
  • 17 escalators, 25 elevators, 2 moving walkways
  • Used 11,007 tons of structural steel and 22 miles of steel piles
  • Delta Sky Club - 27,000 sq. ft. plus a 2,000 sq.ft deck (three times the size of the current Sky Club)

  • Security Screening Lanes: 16 lanes, including 2 international lanes

Concourse A (South Concourse): Opening September 2020

  • 3,691 LF $300,599,792 (west area-456,630 sq. ft.; east area-370,720 sq. ft.)
  • Length of 12 football fields.
  • First phase - 25 gates (includes 6 international gates); 5 escalators, 12 elevators and 8 moving walkways
  • Second phase - 22 gates

Concourse B (North Concourse): Opening October 2020

  • 2,252 LF $535,523,892 (west area=476,650 sq. ft.; east area = 364,480 sq. ft.)
  • Future expansion-1,158 LF
  • First phase - 20 gates
  • Second phase - 11 gates
  • Ability to add 15 more gates
  • 2,920 stone columns installed
  • 1,020 steel piles installed
  • 7 elevators and 8 moving walkways in the first phase
  • West Tunnel connecting concourses-3 elevators, 3 escalators, 3 moving walkways

Gateway Center

  • Connector to Gateway: 4 elevators, 2 escalators, 4 moving walkways
  • Rental car counters
  • Airline ticket counters

Parking Garage:

  • 3,600 parking stalls (twice the number of stalls in the current parking garage)
  • 4 escalators, 13 elevators, 4 moving walkways
  • 1,729,240 sq. ft.
  • $165 M
  • Size of three football fields
  • 9,000 tons of rebar
  • 90,000 cubic yards of concrete

Economy Parking Lot (opened in 2014) :

  • 3,000 spaces built out at a cost of $12.5 million

 Pedestrian Bridge to Connector:

  • 16 ft. high and 560 ft. long
  • Steel Piles-80 ft. tall, pounded 65 ft. down into the ground.

 Road Way:

  • Cost - $91,341,540
  • Elevated Roadway - 2,025 feet long
  • At-Grade Roadway - 11.9 miles

Tunnel (Mid-Concourse):

  • Area 41,454 sq. ft.
  • 990 ft. long
  • Cost - $19,258,976 to connect
  • Built in 2004

Tunnel (Central):

  • Area 106,140 sq. ft.
  • 990 ft. long
  • Cost - $120,390,252
  • Designed to hold a future tram for access to a third concourse.

Central Utility Plant (CUP):

  • 40,000 sq. ft. building, that will house 15-20 full time employees, for a 24/7 operation.

  • Five 1,000 ton chillers for 5,000 total capacity.

  • Four 25,000,000 BTU Boilers for 100,000,000 BTU total capacity.

  • Five cooling towers, 60HP Fin fans, 3500 gpm flow.

  • The boilers met the California standards for emissions at 9 PPM.

Rental Car Service Facility (RSS) and Quick Turn Around (QTA) (opened in January 2016):

  • 502,00 sq. ft.
  • RSS - Comprised of three buildings totaling 32,433 sq. ft., 64 fuel pumps with 75,000 gallon storage in three tanks, 14 car wash units that recycle 85 percent of water used.
  • QTA - 469,567 sq. ft. Second level is the size of four football fields and holds up to 900 cars.

Retail Stores - First Phase

 There will be approximately 45,335 sq. ft. of retail concession space in The New SLC (compared to approximately 25,000 sq. ft. in the current airport). All concessions will have street pricing.

  • Phase 1: Approximately 30,781 sq. ft.
  • Phase 2: Approximately 14,554 sq. ft.

Click here for a list of retail stores coming in Phase 1, and click here to see their locations.

Food & Beverage Restaurants - First Phase

 There will be approximately 75,140 sq. ft. of food and beverage space in The New SLC (compared to approximately 49,836 sq. ft in the current airport).

  • Phase 1: Approximately 46,734 sq. ft.
  • Phase 2: Approximately 28,406 sq. ft.

Click here for a list of Food and Beverage options coming in Phase 1, and click here to see their locations.


The New SLC is aiming for LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Here are some of the ways we are reaching this goal:

  • Connect the airport to public transit
  • Use of water-efficient plumbing fixtures
  • Purchase 2.1 MW of off-site Green Power through Rocky Mountain Power
  • Procure a minimum of 20% of materials locally containing recycled content
  • Use of 95% of certified wood
  • Divert more than 95% of construction waste from the landfill
  • The linear layout of The New SLC will be 30% more efficient than our current pier configuration because it will reduce taxi times and aircraft idling while waiting for a gate.
    • 4,800 metric tons of greenhouse gases will be reduced annually, which is the equivalent to removing the estimated annual emissions of 1,000 vehicles
  • Airlines will convert to electric ground support equipment (eGSE) on opening day, reducing 8,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually
    • eGSE will reduce 8,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, which is the equivalent of eliminating emissions of about 1,700 vehicles annually
  • More electric vehicle charging stations for employees and passengers.
  • More windows mean more natural light, which is not only environmentally friendly, but provides welcome views for passengers.

The airport will continue ongoing sustainability efforts such as LED-powered runway lights, renewable energy programs and improved re-fill and recycling efforts to help lower our carbon footprint.

Construction Facts

Design Team:

  • Architect: HOK
  • Civil: HNTB
  • Electrical: HOK; Envision Engineering
  • Mechanical: HOK; Colvin Engineering
  • Structural: HOK; Reaveley Engineers + Associates; Dunn Associates
  • Interior Design: HOK
  • Consulting Artist: Gordon Huether

Construction Teams:

  • HDJV (Holder - Big D—A construction joint venture) - Scope: car rental facilities, central utility plant, parking garage, elevated roadway, South Concourse, Terminal, central tunnel, airfield paving, economy parking lot.
  • AOJV (Austin Commercial - Okland Construction Joint Venture) - Scope: North Concourse
  • Local Trades:
  • 98 (68%) Wasatch Front contractors
  • 20 (32%) out-of-state contractors

Union Trades:

  • 28 (37%) union contractors
  • 90 (63%) merit shop