We’ve brought you periodic updates on Virgin America’s efforts to gain LEED certification for its spanky renovation of San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO’s) Terminal 2. Now, with the airline’s first commercial flight just around the corner (April 14), it’s official: Terminal 2 has garnered LEED Gold status.
While this level of certification isn’t quite on par with the Platinum status Virgin had anticipated, it is quite an accomplishment, as it represents one of the first airport terminals to gain LEED certification.
Virgin is clearly quite jazzed about its new green digs in SFO, citing “moodlit check-in counters, delicious organic dining options, free WiFi connectivity, plenty of plugs & work stations, massive art installations and a few surprises to keep the kids entertained” among the terminal’s attractions.
All of this is designed to provide the airline’s guests with a unique flying and airport experience (by which we assume they mean, enjoyable). A recent Virgin America Facebook post remarks, “We’ve worked very closely with our partners to infuse the Virgin experience throughout the new terminal.”
As for the green features of this revamped terminal, the airport website notes these include waste reduction, reclaimed water, energy efficient lighting and efficient machinery and reuse of “a substantial portion of the infrastructure of the existing building in the renovated T2.”
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