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The newly renovated Terminal 3 at SFO is the inspired work of the same design team behind SFO’s LEED Gold Terminal 2. Gensler has created a welcoming, light-filled space to make how we travel more pleasant. Traveling can be a bit rough, but a nice airport in between flights certainly elevates the experience. Passengers enter T3 through an interactive Flight Deck, developed in partnership with Razorfish, with touch screens and digital experiences. Afterwards, passengers reach the main terminal, which was designed with a neighborhood atmosphere filled with local San Francisco shops, restaurants and experiences to give a taste of the surrounding city even if you’re just passing through.

To help travelers unwind and adjust to time changes, Gensler provided space for a yoga room and a circadian lighting system. They’ve also added a lot of art and a variety of lounge, play and work spaces. Pop-up shops give local businesses a chance to have a short term lease inside the airport and reach a new clientele. And finally, free WiFi, tons of outlets for charging, standing work stations and state of the art technology speeds up travel and allows busy nomads to work on the go.

Gensler, with the help of Hensel Phelps and San Francisco International Airport, are aiming for LEED Gold certification, just like with Terminal 2. Skylights fill the hall with natural light to reduce artificial lighting and create a more pleasant atmosphere. T3 plans to step up SFO’s existing waste reduction program by offering liquid waste stations to reduce the weight of refuse. In addition, the new terminal features an onsite PV system, healthier displacement ventilation, recycling, construction waste management, sustainable materials like terrazzo recycled glass flooring and FSC certified woods.

Terminal 3 opens to passengers and flights on January 28th, 2014 and will feature 10 United Airlines gates. Let’s hope your next flight goes through SFO so you can check it out.

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