Late last week, Telstar Logistics was invited to explore the new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International AIrport, a structure that will soon serve as the local base for Virgin America and American Airlines.
Construction of Terminal 2 is proceeding apace, and the building is expected to open in April 2011. From what we saw, it should be a very nice place to take to the skies. Designed by the Gensler architectural firm, the new Terminal 2 has registered to achieve LEED Gold certification for its high energy efficiency and low environmental imact.
In no small part, that sterling green rating comes from the fact that Terminal 2 recycles a pre-existing building that is actually the oldest terminal at SFO.
First opened in 1954, the Central Terminal (as Terminal 2 was called then) was a giant leap forward in SFO's evolution as a modern airport, as it replaced a quaint but inadequate terminal from the 1930s. Here's how the Central Terminal looked when it was new:
During the 1980s and 1990s, Terminal 2 served as the departure and arrival point for SFO's international flights. But with the opening of the airport's new International Terminal in 2000, Terminal 2 was shuttered for almost a decade. Now it is set to reopen, and we got a preview of what's to come.