he façade of the North domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

Hartsfield-Jackson renovates domestic terminal façade

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.

Under Super Bowl colors passengers travel under the illuminated canopy on the North Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that was bustling with passengers arriving for the Super Bowl Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
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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.

Curbside check-in in front of the facade of the North domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

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. 

Hartsfield-Jackson has a canopy that lights up in colors for holidays and events It was green for St. Patrick's Day, for example, and had hearts for Valentine's Day. The canopy can be red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. Christmas brought red and green lights on the canopy There's a multi-colored canopy design for spring. And for New Year's, when Atlanta has the peach drop, there's a design with images of peaches A flag for Presidents Day Thanksgiving Memorial Day And a standard "white cool low"
Video: Photos courtesy of Hartsfield-Jackson

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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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.