San Francisco International Airport — Terminal Building Phase 1

Transportation | Aviation
1,400,000 sq. ft.
San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) newest renovation projects involved updating its Harvey Milk Terminal 1, which was among the oldest ones. So, the modernized facility would feature passenger circulation space with access to the aircraft gates, over 20 gates containing holding rooms for domestic and international flights, a state-of-the-art ticketing lobby, passenger loading bridges, and concession spaces. 

Apart from incorporating next-generation building systems, the particular 3-stories project can anticipate the potential leads in traffic and pays attention to future aviation trends and the rising sea levels’ influence. As the facility is true to the local region’s values, SFO’s Terminal 1 is the first terminal worldwide to achieve LEED Platinum status. During this project, the biggest challenge for VEC experts was to balance seamless airport operations and ensure long-term improvements, particularly considering the scale.

VEC tech specialists worked on this aviation project in 2020. From the beginning, we were a vital extension of several high-profile electrical contractors directly involved in the airport’s visionary expansion. That enabled our team to maintain practical cooperation with those contractors and ensure proper BIM coordination. 

When working on the SFO’s Terminal 1, VEC created robust models of power, lighting, telecom, fire alarm (FA), and security systems using Revit. After creating a detailed BIM Execution Plan, our experienced BIM professionals made it possible to share critical project information and manage relevant BIM deliverables efficiently. Thus, by guaranteeing the systems’ correct on-site installation, we helped create the aviation area providing better passenger circulation, easier access to gates, controllable lighting, and integrated technology.

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Departures Drop-Off Zone
Overview of Terminal 1 Center