Terminal 2 in San Francisco may be LEED-registered, but Terminal B in San Jose appears to have beaten SFO to the punch, coming in as the first LEED Silver certified airport terminal in the American West. Well, let’s qualify that–it’s the first brand-new passenger terminal west of the Mississippi River to be awarded LEED Silver.
According to the Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), Fentress Architects’ bold architectural design for the 140,135 square-foot $115 million Terminal B “expresses the innovative spirit of the Silicon Valley region,” serving as the major focal point of SJC’s comprehensive $1.3 billion modernization program, now largely completed.
Green features of SJC’s Terminal B include natural daylighting, occupancy sensors for lighting, a programmable lighting control system, high efficiency programmable “smart” heating and cooling system, energy-conserving windows, a high-efficiency ventilation system, recycled construction materials, and water conservation measures that result in 75% less water used than in a similar, conventional building.
According to World Interior Design Network, SJC’s Terminal B and its adjoining Terminal B Concourse structure were designed and built as two separate buildings; Terminal B features two arrival and departure gates and the Terminal B Concourse features 10 gates.