This article was written for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. 

Editor’s note: This story is part of our coverage of the 2024 Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards. 

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Orange construction cones around the world’s busiest airport have become a regular fixture over the past several years.

One of the most visible signs: Two new canopies at the airport’s north and south terminal, which were designed to protect passengers from Atlanta’s weather. Today, those canopies have been dubbed the airport’s new front door.

Atlanta architecture firm HOK leads a venture designing improvements to the domestic passenger terminal featuring the canopies.

Deeper dive

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is seeing the biggest modernization of its domestic terminal since it was opened in 1980. The project improves aesthetics but also brings more amenities to travelers, increases comfort in the terminal and concourses, and expands capacity to handle the increasing number of passengers.

The $11 billion overall modernization kicked off in 2016 and is expected to be completed in about 20 years.

The next priority is over adding retailers and 11 food and beverage locations.