Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is updating the façade of the domestic terminal with new finishes and an updated design.
While the terminal exterior has long been dominated by concrete walls, the airport is gradually installing metal panels and a glass façade as a “decorative veneer” that shows a reflection of the new canopy over the area.
The price tag for the canopy, façade and vestibule construction: $265 million.
Instead of planters in front of each entryway, the airport is installing stainless steel posts, called “impact bollards,” which the airport said also “support our modernized theme and provide a much sleeker appearance to the entrances.”
Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden described the new façade as “a lot more glass, a lot brighter.”
“It looks much more modern and it brings the airport into a level where it should be,” Selden said during a presentation to the a city council transportation committee.
A temporary Southwest curbside check-in area at Terminal North has panels that reflect the canopy.
The facade construction has started at Terminal North, where a massive canopy was constructed last year. A matching canopy is under construction now at Terminal South, and is scheduled to be mostly complete by September 2019.
It will take until April 2020 for substantial completion of the Terminal North and Terminal South facade construction, according to the airport.
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