LEED Thought Of For Greener SFO Terminal 2

For those of you who’ve been pining away for San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2, fear not. The spanky new $383 million renovation of the building–the nation’s first LEED-registered terminal–will re-open for business on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

This terminal was first built in 1954, then renovated in 1984. The new and improved T2, as it’s known, was built through a design-build partnership with Gensler and Turner Construction and will be the new home for American Airlines and Virgin America.

SFO Terminal 2

image via San Francisco International Airport

Key design improvements include improved seating, a unique “recomposure” area just past the security screening area (where, apparently, you can recover clothing and carry-on items without feeling rushed), a food marketplace featuring local, organic vendors and producers (including restaurants by noted Bay Area chefs), more computer connections, a free “hydration station” for refilling bottles with tap-water, post-security, and a kids’ play area.

Green features include natural daylighting, improved ventilation, composting and recycling receptacles, low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient lighting and machinery, and easy access to public transportation. The building was constructed with sustainable building materials, including terrazzo flooring with recycled glass chips, recycled-content carpet and structural steel.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.