SFO's New Terminal 2 Takes LEED Gold
San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2 reopens today after a $383-million renovation that makes it America’s first LEED Gold terminal. The airport’s new home for American Airlines and Virgin America has been a work in progress since 2008. Because of the eco-conscious upgrades that the architect, Gensler, integrated into the design, the terminal is expected to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by about 1,700 tons per year.
Thinking about sustainability at SFO started from construction, when builders reused much of the existing building rather than start from scratch, and recycled a stunning 90% of construction and demolition debris. The new facility adds more natural sunlight, but where electricity is used, it’s energy-efficient. The designers also incorporated a reclaimed-water program and a displacement ventilation system to improve air quality. To boot, there’s recycled-content flooring, paperless ticketing, and preferential hybrid and EV parking spots.
The terminal also caters to travelers who bring their own water bottles by setting up tap-water hydration stations near gates. The terminal's only lounge, American Airlines’ Admirals Club, is expected to get a LEED Silver rating as well, and to reduce water use and optimize energy.