When the architects behind the $1.4 billion Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport began the design process, they were tasked with creating an open and airy look with subtle exterior and interior architectural curves to provide the feeling of flight.
The exterior has a sweeping roofline, gentle metallic curves and a mostly glass façade. Using StoneLite® Panels’ natural Imperial Red Granite, reminiscent of Georgia red clay, on the entry vestibules added a dramatic, lively accent that is stain, high-impact resistant and weather resistant.
“The addition of the red granite to the entry added a nice design element to the terminal but our stone is more than a pretty face,” said Tim Friedel, president and CEO of Stone Panels, Inc. “The durability of our panels will withstand the high pedestrian traffic of the airport serving it well into the future. It is one of the reasons our product been selected for many airport renovation and expansion projects.”
The 1.2-million-square-foot terminal is part of Atlanta’s $6 billion capital improvement program. The project also includes an extension of the airport’s automated people mover, additional parking structures, roadwork, airfield paving and new highway signage. The completed project creates a new 40-gate international terminal complex, making it one of the largest in the country. It also provides for growth well into the future and expands the airport’s current gate total to 210.