Sacramento International Airport Achieves LEED Silver

 Sacramento International Airport by Fentress Architects

Sacramento, California (April 24, 2012) — Sacramento International Airport (SMF), the gateway to Northern California, has been awarded LEED Silver.  Known locally as “the Big Build,” the $1.03 billion terminal modernization project is a collaborative design between Corgan Associates and Fentress Architects. SMF is the second LEED Silver airport in California for Fentress Architects. The firm also designed the highly-acclaimed Terminal B at Mineta San Jose International Airport. That project, which opened in 2010, was the first new passenger terminal west of the Mississippi River to receive LEED Silver certification.

Capacity and Future Growth

The Sacramento International Airport project included a new central terminal, a new 19-gate airside concourse, international arrivals facilities, passenger security checkpoints, an in-line baggage screening system and more than 42,000-square-feet of concessions. Sacramento International Airport is now capable of accommodating approximately 16 million passengers annually.

Sustainability Features

The new terminal is bright and airy, with abundant natural daylight entering through expansive glass curtainwalls and clerestories. Daylight is maximized and energy use reduced along the airside concourse.  Other sustainable features include solar shading devices built into the curtainwall; low-E glass to minimize heat gain; building structure and finishes partially composed of recycled materials; low-flow fixtures to minimize water usage; and natural ventilation to reduce energy use.

Regional Design

A collaborative design between Corgan and Fentress Architects, the new Central Terminal B is now a gateway to the Central Valley region. The architects captured the area’s rich history and culture to create a unique sense of place that represents Sacramento. The vaulted three-story glass-walled structure offers panoramic views on three sides, including toward downtown and the mountains. Inside, the structural members cross overhead creating a dynamic rhythm of light and shadow. The effect calls to mind Sacramento’s lush tree-lined streets. Easy wayfinding was created with unobstructed views across the ticketing hall, a visual connection to the central circulation spine and ample views to the outdoors.

Public Art

The new Central Terminal B boasts an array of artwork by renowned local and international artists. Visitors can view a large-scale art piece by Denver-based international artist Lawrence Argent entitled “Leap.” The sculpture features an enormous red rabbit jumping into a suitcase. Christian Moeller, an artist from Los Angeles, created an intricate woodwork panel featuring the faces of six baggage handlers at Sacramento International Airport. Other creative pieces range from tile mosaics to interactive flat screens and walk-through sculptures.

740,000 square-foot terminal
316,000 square-foot airside concourse
424,000 square-foot landside terminal
19-gate airside concourse international arrivals facility
Three public level arrivals/departures terminal
Automated shuttle train system
19,557 square feet of landside concessions
23,107 square feet of airside concessions
$8 million public art program
Capacity: 16 million passengers annually