Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s domestic terminal is going to get a facelift to create a more modern look and feel similar to the international terminal’s. The goal of the project is to unify both the terminals to enhance customer service and experience in the airport complex.
The project will include a series of both exterior and interior renovations. The domestic terminal has not changed much since it was opened in 1980.
The most visible part of the project will be the construction of new steel, fabric, and glass canopies near the entrances to the North and South terminals. The canopies will almost reach to the parking decks. They will shelter passengers who are loading and unloading vehicles from the sun, rain, snow, and sleet. Lighting will be provided at night for the curb area.
The 20 vestibule entrances at the North and South terminals will be upgraded with new sloped skylights. Undulating metal ceilings will be installed at security screen checkpoints. New furniture will be added to the “composure area” just past the security checkpoints.
The renovations will also include the demolition of stores currently located between the main security checkpoint and restrooms. The terminal lobby will get a new metal ceiling similar to the one in the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal.
The Atrium will receive new living plants, seating, tables, charging stations, planters, and benches. The terminal lobby will have lots of windows to allow in natural light. The gate area will have more seating areas.
The project will focus on sustainability. It will incorporate insulated glass, high-efficiency heating and cooling, LED lighting, and adhesives and materials that give off zero or small amounts of volatile organic compounds.
The airport has released proposal renderings for the upgrades in collaboration with Ricondo & Associates, a firm on contract with the City of Atlanta. It posted a request-for-proposals on June 18. A conference for potential builders was held on July 7.