Arup helps celebrate the opening of the first phase of Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at SFO

Jackie Wei Green Jackie Wei Green Senior Communications Leader,Los Angeles
24 July 2019

Arup is excited to be a part of the design team that is bringing sustainable and resilient design to the forefront of SFO’s redeveloped Terminal 1. 

On 20 July, the San Francisco International Airport hosted a community event at the Harvey  Milk Terminal 1 to celebrate the opening of the first nine-gate section of the $2.4bn terminal, which will ultimately deliver 28 aircraft gates by 2023. Members of the community, project stakeholders, and design team representatives from Arup, SFO, Austin-Webcor, and the HKS-Woods Bagot-ED2-KYA joint venture partnership came together for a celebratory first public look at the new Boarding Area B, which officially opened on 23 July. 

The Terminal 1 Program has been executed by two separate teams that have been working in close collaboration since the beginning: Boarding Area B (with an Austin-Webcor joint venture as general contractor and a design team led by HKS-Woods Bagot-ED2-KYA joint venture architects) and Terminal 1 Center (with Hensel Phelps as general contractor and a design team led by Gensler-Kuth Ranieri joint venture architects). The airport arranged for both teams to work together in a co-working space on the SFO campus known as the “Big Room,” with over 120 design and construction professionals situated together to deliver the program as a single team. This integrated design approach proved highly successful in bringing together all entities responsible for all aspects of the project delivery.  

Arup worked in the Big Room environment throughout the design and construction phases in a manner that contributed heavily to a collaborative spirit and outcome. ”

Raj Daswani Raj Daswani Principal

The new terminal boasts an art gallery, food halls and concessions, improved passenger circulation, an automated baggage handling system, faster checkpoints, and a high degree of digital connectivity. Beyond the terminal’s amenities and design upgrades, Arup and the design team focused intently on how to best make airline services sustainable at SFO throughout the project’s development. Providing multidisciplinary engineering and design services, Arup ensured everything from structural materials and floor finishes to unique mechanical systems and future fleet capacity would meet rigorous sustainability criteria.

In a first for the building industry, Arup obtained an environmental product declaration for the passenger boarding bridges to understand and improve their impact. Arup also optimized the cement content of the structural concrete to reduce the embodied carbon footprint of the entire building by over 10%. And, as SFO is incentivizing airlines to transition their ground service vehicle fleets from hydrocarbon to electric, Arup assessed how many charging stations SFO would ultimately need for a 100% electric fleet and incorporated this capacity into the design.  

Arup and SFO are committed to protecting global and human health. By leveraging Arup’s multidisciplinary teams, we were able to deliver an energy-efficient building crafted with sustainable materials that reduces the embodied carbon footprint of the entire building and ensures occupant health by eliminating toxic flame retardants in the furniture, carpeting, and wall coverings and reviewing all interior materials against strict air emission criteria. ”

Raphael Sperry Raphael Sperry Associate

Thinking long-term about SFO’s design meant both mitigating its environmental impact and preparing for future climate change. To guarantee operability for this critical piece of infrastructure, Arup conducted a resilience assessment of the project’s airside stormwater drainage infrastructure by employing the WeatherShift tool. With WeatherShift’s models of predictive rainfall intensity, Arup was able to stress-test the system and make informed design adjustments to strengthen the terminal’s resilience under the increasingly high-intensity storms that are anticipated from global climate change. 

We’re thrilled to deliver a world-class terminal to the San Francisco International Airport that features a unique, resilient, sustainable, and flexible design that will provide fliers with a seamless travel experience for decades to come, while also reducing environmental impact. ”

Byron Thurber Associate

The Harvey Milk Terminal phase 2, an additional ten gates, is slated to open in mid-2020 while the remaining nine gates will open in late 2021.