San Francisco’s latest aviation advance represents the future of flying and a rediscovery of bygone sensibilities.
The fact that the word ‘travel' derives from ancient words for torment and agony will surprise no one who's worked in or journeyed through an airport since 2001. Passengers and the people who serve them improvise heroically to modern travel's multiple challenges.
However, in 'Fog City,' the skies are clearing. San Francisco's latest aviation advance represents the future of flying and a rediscovery of bygone sensibilities. The newly renovated San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 (SFO T2) showcases sustainable design, but it also revives a classic concern for the passenger experience and romance of air travel. It is an airport built for people and planet without compromising on style or functionality.
SFO's T2 project is a renovation of the airport's original 1950's terminal which was last renovated in 1981. It's designed to reflect the Bay Area's culture and aesthetic, the newly renovated SFO T2 accommodates 14 gates serving Virgin America and American Airlines. The terminal elevates the passenger experience of flying through design strategies that reduce traveller stress, highlight the airport's art installations and promote progressive sustainability measures. A warm inviting ticket hall, a large bright comfortable recompose area past security, departure lounge and boarding areas with copious outlets and free Wi-Fi all work to redefine the modern airport.
The renovation is the first LEED Gold registered airport terminal in the United States, T2 supports SFO's goals of zero waste, sustainable education and reduced carbon footprint. The terminal's design uses 15% less energy than California's stringent building code and the reuse of the existing building's structure saved approximately 12,300 tons of CO2. It features low flow fixtures throughout and a dual plumbing system to take advantage of reclaimed water. The use of daylight reduces the need for electric light and the building also serves as a teaching tool using creative signage to engage travellers and inspire them to live more sustainably.