Central Terminal B at SMF

Sacramento, California, USA

The architecture beautifully captures the area’s rich history and culture in order to create a Sacramento sense of place.

Construction of a new Central Terminal B and airside concourse at Sacramento International Airport was the result of needing to add not only flexibility but also improved passenger service for residents of California’s capital city.  The new facility boosted capacity and has subsequently attracted new carriers and routes to this busy airport.

Dubbed the Big Build, this project accordingly includes:

  • a new central terminal,
  • a new 19-gate airside concourse,
  • an automated people mover (APM) to connect terminal and concourse,
  • international arrivals facilities,
  • passenger security checkpoints,
  • an in-line baggage screening system, and
  • more than 42,000 square feet of concessions.

The design captures the area’s rich history and culture to create a undeniably Sacramento sense of place. The vaulted three-story, glass-walled terminal offers panoramic views on three sides, particularly toward downtown and the mountains. Inside, the crossing structural members overhead create a dynamic rhythm of light and shadow, an effect specifically inspired by 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 overall ample views to the outdoors.

Award-Winning Design

  • #4 Best Airport in the US, Times Money, 2018
  • Best 10 Airports in the US, Upgraded Points, 2018
  • #1 in Medium Airports, North America Airport Satisfaction Study, JD Power and Associates, 2017
  • BEST Award (Service Category), IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2013
  • Honor Award, AIA Central Valley (California), 2013
  • #4 Best Airport in North America, Airport Service Quality Awards, Airports Council International, 2013
  • Illumination Award of Excellence, Illuminating Engineering Society, Illumination Awards, 2013
  • PureBond Quality Award, Columbia Forest Products, 2012
  • First Place (Commerical Project Over $1 Million), Northern California Drywall Contractors Association, 2010

USGBC LEED-Silver Certified

Sustainable features include:

  • solar shading devices integrated into curtainwall;
  • low-E glass to significantly minimize heat gain;
  • recycled materials in building structure, floor and ceiling finishes;
  • low-flow fixtures throughout, and
  • natural ventilation where possible.