After downsizing a $4.5 billion improvement program to $1.3 billion, the City of San Jose in 2005 embarked on a Terminal Area Improvement Program (TAIP) at Mineta San Jose International Airport. The other program components were renovation of Terminal A, interim modification and eventual demolition of Terminal C, construction of a Consolidated Rental Car Facility and coordination of a new roadway system for the airport. From its futuristic architecture to its digital art program, San Jose’s Terminal B delivers a cutting-edge experience that people have come to expect from Silicon Valley.
The design focuses on offering the amenities, comfort and ease of travel that passengers need today and tomorrow. From curbside to airside, Terminal B establishes a natural order for intuitive wayfinding and streamlined efficiency. Speaking to the regional landscape, the terminal design—a curved, perforated steel and glass façade - permits abundant, yet filtered, natural daylight, referencing an orchard’s dappled light.
Custom designs abound in the soft colours of a terrazzo floor that provide subtle wayfinding cues, one-of-a-kind millwork and casework, and the national debut of the Zenky Air Chair. The chair offers energy savings while providing outlets to recharge electronic devices. A gateway to Silicon Valley, Terminal B is the first entirely new airport terminal west of the Mississippi to achieve LEED Silver certification.