Airports/Transit, Award of Merit: San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, South San Francisco

Photo by Joe Fletcher
The project team worked to elevate the passenger experience as well as hospitality and comfort.

The team for the fast-tracked, $117-million renovation overcame challenges such as a significant water intrusion that damaged communications infrastructure and a $20-million scope increase, including the late addition of a three-story, double-core elevator tower. The design-build project, which included subgrade utility replacement, focused on elevating airport hospitality, efficiency and passenger comfort. Heavy mechanical components are at grade rather than on the roof, which lightened loads on the steel supports and allowed for increasing the concourse's spans.

Key Players

Contractor Hensel Phelps

Owner San Francisco International Airport

Lead Design Gensler

Structural Engineer KPA Group

MEP Engineer Glumac

Associate Architects Robin Chiang & Co.; Hamilton-Aitken Architects