An InterContinental Hotel slated to rise steps away from the airport is finally moving forward. The first of three hotels planned for parking lots surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson, the building could start construction in early 2018, following a long design phase.
Atlanta's called a "City in the Forest," thanks to the dense tree canopy that covers much of the metro. John Portman & Associates will be bringing that aesthetic to the airport in the form of a plaza cover to the west of the main terminal.
Millions have seen her over the last 20 years, welcoming arriving passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as they ascend into the arrivals hall. Soon, however, the girl will be but a memory, replaced by a digital display.
A new John Portman-designed hotel is moving toward reality by the airport. Pending city council approval, an 11-story, 440-room Intercontinental hotel could be built adjacent to the airport terminal, next to the MARTA and ATL SkyTrain stations.
HOK — a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm — is leading a team that's designing $200 million in improvements to the airport's domestic passenger terminal, which is currently a madhouse. They have renderings to prove it.