Gensler’s most recent design for SFO delivers an unparalleled passenger experience
SAN FRANCISCO, JANUARY 28, 2014 — Gensler, the leading global design firm, along with the San Francisco International Airport, unveiled today the newly renovated Boarding Area E in Terminal 3. The 65,000-square-foot renovation will house 10 United Airlines gates.
Boarding Area E will enhance airport travelers’ experience through a fresh approach to airport design and interactive technology. The project, built in a design-build partnership between Gensler and Hensel Phelps for San Francisco International Airport, features progressive sustainability measures that promote well-being. The partnership is targeting LEED Gold certification for the project.
Elevating the Passenger Experience
To create a clean, contemporary and efficient traveler experience, the project employs a range of expressive architectural elements to showcase views of the airfield and sky. These uninterrupted terminal views give passengers a sense of control over their environment and mitigate travel-related stress.
“We believe that air travel should be a fluid, relaxing and enjoyable experience from the moment a traveler arrives at the terminal. The T3E opening has given Gensler the chance to build upon our breakthrough design work at T2 and will continue to improve the traveler’s experience,” said Gensler Founder M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. “The T3E Terminal is an extension of San Francisco and will raise the bar in passenger-friendly design, access to technology, public art and the best of local food.”
Bringing the City of San Francisco to T3E
Highlighting service, hospitality and comfort, T3E’s design gives travelers a variety of choices. Passengers can now view the exquisite art, relax and lounge in private dressing rooms, stretch out in the Yoga Room, and let their children unwind in an interactive play area.
The $138 million renovation, part of a capital campaign, includes a Flight Deck developed in partnership with Razorfish that will visibly mark the entry to the boarding area. Composed of three distinct but connected digital experiences, Flight Deck’s content focuses on the airport, the City of San Francisco and international destinations a traveler might be heading. Other features unique to T3E include pop-up shops that celebrate local merchants; familiar San Francisco restaurants, such as Klein’s Deli and Mission Bar & Grill; and gate lounges that resemble living rooms – complete with ample electrical outlets and free Wi-Fi throughout.
“Gensler’s design for Boarding Area E will offer people a diverse and rich cultural experience from pop-up retail shops by local vendors to healthy Bay Area food offerings,” said Gensler Principal Peter Weingarten. “Passengers can enjoy the airport’s award-winning art program while overlooking the airfield or as part of the commissioned art designed to engage children in the play area.
“This project reflects Gensler’s airport design strategy. We look to give people an experience that feels like they’re guests at a hotel – a great experience as they travel to and from the Bay Area,” Weingarten added.
Designers also sculpted and controlled daylight in a variety of ways, creating spaces that change in character throughout the day and year. In addition to abundant daylight, sustainable features include photovoltaic energy that provides onsite, renewable energy; displacement ventilation, which improves air quality while using 20 percent less energy than typical HVAC systems; recycling and management of demolition and construction waste; and sustainable building materials, such as terrazzo flooring with recycled glass chips, recycled-content carpet and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
SFO (www.flysfo.com) provides nonstop service to more than 65 U.S. cities on 21 domestic airlines and to 32 international points on 27 international carriers. SFO offers twice as many non-stop flights to the New York area than all other Bay Area airports combined – making SFO the Bay Area’s Airport of Choice. SFO was voted “North America’s Best Airport” in 2008 by passengers for its outstanding customer service and amenities.