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San Jose Terminal B, Fentress Architects, airport, green renovation, san jose, leed silver, energy efficient design

The renovation of the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport was a tricky affair that involved temporary terminals, a tight narrow site with little room to expand into and an ever bustling crowd of travelers flying in and out. Inspiration for Terminal B’s new design came from both the high tech world the airport caters to and the natural agricultural world the valley used to be. The result is a sinuous articulated tube with a generous glass curtain wall broken by stretches perforated metal. Layered and very textured, the building is a dynamic space filled with the latest state-of-the-art technology for the international traveler.

Sustainable design was at the heart of the renovation with a strong focus on lifecycle impact, energy and water efficiency and improved indoor air quality for the passengers. Natural daylight streams in through windows, skylights and the concourse’s glass curtain wall, which is appropriately shaded to optimize energy use and light. Energy efficiency strategies help the building exceed standards by 16% and water conservation measures achieved a 75% reduction. Almost all of the construction waste was diverted and 13% of the building’s materials came from recycled materials. A solar photovoltaic system on the roof also generates renewable energy for the airport.

One of the more innovative additions are the airport’s new, high tech “air chairs” that were specifically designed for the San Jose Airport with the help of Zoeftig and airport officials. These schmancy chairs combine personal electronics charging stations with air diffusers at the seats’ bases to provide individualized comfort. This “low energy, high-displacement ventilation system” also has the advantage of reducing energy costs. Terminal B at San Jose Airport was completed in June of 2010 and was awarded its LEED Silver certification in February of 2011.

Images Courtesy of Fentress Architects