Gallery: Gensler’s Green SFO Terminal Renovation to be Completed this A...

San Francisco's International Airport Terminal 2 renovation, slated to be completed in April 2011, will go beyond efficiency upgrades for the airlines. The super green renovation and expansion is a groundbreaking example of how sustainable building strategies can help ease travelers' stress while showing off the culture and lifestyle of the Bay Area. Gensler is leading the redesign with the help of Turner Construction, who are incorporating local and organic restaurants, a natural displacement ventilation system, zero-waste strategies and systems, and much more with the ultimate goal of LEED Gold certification. Traveling through SFO could soon be a dream rather than a chore.

The revamped airline terminal (SFO T2) will provide 14 gates for American Airlines and Virgin Airlines, which will be capable of handling 5.5 million enplaned passengers. All of the facilities — from public transportation, to arrivals, ticketing, security, restaurants, airport amenities, gates, and even the baggage claim are receiving streamlined modern updates. Travelers will also enjoy convenient access to the new terminal from the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) line via the airport’s Airtram system.

Employees and travelers will arrive in beautiful daylit ticketing concourse that makes use of a transparent facade, clerestory windows, and skylights. Intuitive signage and expansive daylighting will help ease the confusion of navigating through the airport, and after clearing through one of the most advanced security areas in the world, travelers will enjoy a comfortable lounge to redress and recompose themselves.

After security, travelers and employees can enjoy a number of different activities while waiting for their flights. New restaurants will feature local and organic food, showing off the best of Bay Area cuisine, artisans, food producers and more. New lounge-like waiting areas offer a variety of seating, plus plug-in charging stations, elevated work counters, and free wireless internet. An interactive and educational childrens’ play area will keep the little ones entertained, providing a more enjoyable experience for parents, children and travelers.


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