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SFO Aims for LEED Silver Status for New $383M Domestic Terminal

The city is embarking on $383 million project to remodel its long-vacant former international terminal at the airport into a 587,800-square-foot, environmentally friendly home for domestic carriers.

The building, better known as Terminal 2, has been vacant since 2000 when international carriers moved to their new terminal at San Francisco International Airport. The project to update and renovate the structure will convert the building from a 10-gate facility for wide-body jets into a domestic terminal with 13 narrow-body gates and a single wide-body gate.

Terminal 2 was built in 1951 and was last overhauled in 1981. The current project is expected to be completed by Fall 2010.

In unveiling design plans on September 18, Mayor Gavin Newsom said the city wants the structure to become the first LEED silver certified terminal in the U.S.

Eco-friendly elements are to include expanded use of pre-conditioned air and 400 Hz ground power at all gates to reduce jet fuel emissions, strong use of natural lighting and tough recycling rules for all tenants.  

In addition, the 13 food and beverage outlets in the building will feature locally known brands and are expected to follow the "slow food" concept of fresh, locally produced food. Other planned amenities include two play areas for children and a spa.

The project is being designed by Gensler Architects and Michael Willis Architects, both of San Francisco. Turner Construction, also of San Francisco, is the lead builder.

Airport Director John L. Martin said the city had postponed the project as long as possible and is now moving ahead despite tough economic times because the facility must accommodate growth. The airport needs to keep pace with an 8 percent increase in passengers year over year as of this past June. The airport also needs to contend with the addition of 610 new flights per week in the past 18 months with the advent of Virgin America Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines at SFO.

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