San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 Renovation in San Francisco, Calif. © Bruce Damonte.

San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 Renovation



The renovated Terminal 2 serves as the home for San Francisco-based American Airlines and Virgin America. One of the first LEED Gold terminals in the United States, the 600,000-square-foot-plus modernization sets a new standard for travel. Thornton Tomasetti was the LEED consultant on the project.

The project 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 innovative and 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.

Originally constructed in 1954, the improved Terminal 2 surpasses the City and County of San Francisco’s sustainability goals for the renovation.

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