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At least 20 airports in the United States have airport construction projects underway or on the drawing boards valued at $1 billion or more. The $3-billion modernization of Salt Lake City airport (shown here) has been underway for several years and is expected to continue until 2024.

Airport Construction Takes Off

Dozens of airports across the country have one thing in common these days — gigantic construction projects that offer millions of dollars in electrical work.

If you’ve logged many domestic air miles recently, it probably seems like most of the airports you visit are loaded with “Pardon Our Appearance” signs, construction cranes, and orange traffic cones. That’s because much of the current airport infrastructure in the United States is badly in need of a face-lift. According to one estimate in Architectural Record magazine, the average airport terminal building is more than 40 years old.

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