San Francisco International Airport — Terminal Building Phase 1

Transportation | Aviation
1,400,000 sq. ft.
San Francisco, CA
2017 - 2020

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's specialists worked on this aviation project starting in 2017. 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.

Electrical BIM & VDC

Our electrical BIM & VDC services cover power, lighting, and telecom system modeling. Also, the VEC team created a thorough BIM Execution Plan and shared it with all stakeholders to provide them with the correct understanding and management of relevant BIM deliverables.

Meanwhile, 3D systems’ models are vital to ensure their proper performance after construction due to the opportunity to detect and eliminate clashes quickly. That also strengthens project coordination as all parties get these 3D models and realize how the systems will be constructed on-site. After all, creating a unique environment that will offer student-centered learning is only possible with valuable BIM data and efficient cooperation between all contractors.

Civil Underground

VEC’s specialists deliver exceptional civil underground services for this educational project. They encompass various tasks such as 3D modeling, project management, BIM coordination, civil underground wet & dry (VDC), and onsite technology work. We have effectively utilized BIM software solutions such as Revitzo, Revit, and Navisworks throughout the project.

Our experts promptly document all design-related issues using PDF Markups and propose relevant solutions, including fittings and pipe length adjustments. Besides, we have created installation drawings to ensure accurate implementation in alignment with the plans. Lastly, our team performed essential tasks such as 3D laser-scanning, reporting on deviations from the current conditions, developing as-built models and drawings, identifying clashes, etc.

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SFO Airport Harvey Milk Terminal 1 is one of VEC’s most significant projects in aviation. Since SFO aimed to protect the global environment and human health, it ensured that everything from structural materials to specific systems would follow strict sustainability criteria.
Our team contributed to delivering a highly energy-efficient aviation building that can satisfy the needs of travelers and revolutionize their overall guest experience.
Since the airport represents mission-critical infrastructure, our high-quality BIM & VDC services allow for collecting valuable data that can be used in the future to address emerging issues.
VEC found it crucial to provide travelers with an environmentally-friendly experience and improve how they think airports should perform.

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