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.