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01 Nov

Big D & Holder Construction awarded Salt Lake City International Airport Project

Salt Lake City – November 1, 2013 — Big-D Construction (www.big-d.com) was recently awarded the Salt Lake City International Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program (TRP) project.

Big-D, along with Holder Construction Company, has developed a joint venture partnership (www.hdjvteam.com), to complete the project, which is expected to span 10 years and cost approximately $1.8 billion. Holder Construction is the team’s managing partner. Together, the HD team will provide preconstruction and construction services for the project.

The Holder/Big-D team was selected in a competitive request for qualifications process involving four qualified respondents. All four companies considered are joint ventures between a national and a local firm. The companies were evaluated by a five member panel on their experience in handling major construction projects, their proposed team, their approach to preconstruction services, their understanding of the scope of the $1.8 billion project, and their fee.

“This selection is a major milestone in launching the program that will build a new terminal and associated facilities at Salt Lake City International Airport,” comments Maureen Riley, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, “HD has the specialized experience required for this endeavor and the perfect combination of skill and expertise. We look forward to adding them to the project team.”

HD will now begin to closely work with HOK Architects and its sub-consultants along with the TRP Program Director and staff.

The TRP is a capital improvement program set in motion by the Salt Lake City Corporation through its Department of Airports (SLCDA). The TRP will construct new facilities, rehabilitate certain structures, as well as construct improved roadways and associated infrastructure.


  • Concourse space doubles
  • 75 aircraft gates
  • Separate arrivals & departures
  • Light rail station
  • Five-level parking garage – 3,600 parking spaces
  • New two-level rental car customer service building
  • Rental car quick turn-around facility
  • New central utility plant

A ground breaking for the first element of the project, the car rental facilities, is anticipated in 2014.

“The Salt Lake City International Airport is the ‘front door’ to Salt Lake City for people traveling to and from the great State of Utah, and we are honored to be involved in such a monumental project—one that will provide numerous opportunities to the local workforce and economy over the next several years,” said Rob Moore, President of Big-D Construction.