Duluth International Airport

The replacement terminal for Duluth International Airport creates a dynamic first impression to the port city of Duluth and the region. 

The terminal draws inspiration from local forms, materials, and landscaping that is native to the environment. For instance, the design of the landside lobby roof is a metaphor for the waves of Lake Superior. The deep reddish cladding on the architecture core is symbolic of the steel hulls on the freighters and ships that navigate the Great Lakes. Natural light bathes the terminal interior to enhance the human experience and as a passive sustainable design feature.

The building was designed to LEED Silver standards with sustainable green energy features, including geothermal heating, natural lighting, and a highly efficient water system.

Upon opening, the Duluth News Tribune described the new terminal as having a "wow" factor.

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Project Information

Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth Airport Authority


Top Project of 2013 and 2014, Finance & Commerce - Minnesota

Architizer A+ Award, Airport Architecture, Finalist,

Choice Award Recipient, The Minnesota Construction Association (MCA), 2014

Best Airport Project of 2013, ENR Midwest