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San Francisco Int'l Airport Terminal 2

Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport is one of the first LEED Gold terminals in the United States.

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Project Details

Project Partners
City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Completion Date
200,061 ft²
LEED Gold Certification
Number of Estimated Passengers/Year
3.2 million
Number of Gates
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 in California. © Bruce Damonte
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 in California. © Bruce Damonte


Originally constructed in 1954, the improved Terminal 2 surpasses the City and County of San Francisco’s sustainability goals for the renovation. The terminal currently serves as the home for American Airlines and San Francisco-based Alaska Airlines and is one of the first LEED Gold Terminals in the United States.

We provided sustainability consulting to Gensler for the terminal renovation, which completed in 2011.


  • The renovation includes skylights and clerestories that bring daylight into the lobby and retail areas, significantly reducing electric lighting requirements during the day.
  • An innovative displacement ventilation system uses filtered air to improve indoor air quality and reduces energy consumption by 20 percent.
  • Sustainable building materials include terrazzo flooring with recycled glass chips and recycled-content carpet.
  • The efficient use of structural steel led to a reduction in materials and allowed more than 90 percent of construction waste to be successfully recycled.
  • The selected plumbing fixtures reduce potable water usage by 40 percent, and innovative “hydration stations” allow passengers to refill water bottles, reducing both waste generation and the carbon footprint.
  • The project includes a rainwater harvesting system that meets 100 percent of irrigation needs.