Sacramento International Airport / Corgan Associates with Fentress Architects

Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects

Architects: Corgan Associates with Fentress Architects
Location: , , USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects

Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects

The new terminal is bright and airy, with abundant natural daylight entering through clerestories and expansive glass curtainwalls. Clerestories also run the length of the airside concourse, maximizing daylight and reducing internal energy use. Sustainable features include solar shading devices integrated in the curtainwall; low-E glass to minimize heat gain; use of recycled materials in building structure, floor and ceiling finishes; low-flow fixtures throughout and natural ventilation when possible. Together, the County of Sacramento and Sacramento County Airport System, along with design and construction teams are pursuing LEED® Silver certification for the Central Terminal B and Airside Concourse, which will establish the entire team as leaders in sustainable building.
Designed by Corgan, in association with Fentress Architects, the new Central Terminal B is now a world-class airport facility and a gateway to the Central Valley region. The architects captured the area’s rich history and culture to create a unique sense of place that represents Sacramento. The vaulted three-story glass-walled structure offers panoramic views on three sides, including toward downtown and the mountains. Inside, the crossing structural members overhead create a dynamic rhythm of light and shadow, an effect inspired by Sacramento’s lush tree-lined streets. Easy wayfinding was created with unobstructed views across the ticketing hall, a visual connection to the central circulation spine and ample views to the outdoors.
The new Central Terminal B boasts an array of artwork by renowned local and international artists. Visitors can view a large-scale art piece by Denver-based artist Lawrence Argent— “Leap,” which features a giant red rabbit jumping into a suitcase. Local artist Christian Moeller of Los Angeles created an intricate wood work panel featuring six faces of the baggage handlers at Sacramento International Airport. Other creative pieces range from tile mosaics to interactive flat screens and walk-through sculptures.

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Central Terminal B Facts
• 740,000,000-square-foot terminal
• 316,000-square-foot airside concourse
• 424,000-square-foot landside terminal
• 19-gate airside concourse international arrivals facility
• Three public level arrivals/departures terminal
• Dual shuttle automated people mover system
• 19,557 square feet of landside concessions
• 23,107 square feet of airside concessions
• $8-million public art program
• Capacity: 16 million passengers annually

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