SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Wins Climate Action Award

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced that Harvey Milk Terminal 1 has been honored by the American Institute of Architects, California.

At their 2022 Design Awards, Harvey Milk Terminal 1 received the Climate Action Award for its leadership in developing practices and policies related to energy, carbon, water and resources.

“Harvey Milk Terminal 1 embraces the best values ​​in our region and celebrates the legacy of pioneering civil rights leader Harvey Milk,” said airport manager Ivar C. Satero.

“It also showcases another value of our region – a commitment to the environment – ​​with game-changing sustainability features that pave the way for the future of airport design.

“We are truly honored to receive the Climate Action Award from the American Institute of Architects in California. I thank the entire project team for this achievement.

Sustainable design and construction measures were prioritized at every stage of the project, resulting in the implementation of more than a significant number of sustainable practices. Highlights include:

  • A bin-based Independent Carrier System (ICS) for handling checked baggage, the first in the United States, that uses 50% less energy and is easier to use and maintain than previous systems
  • Self-energizing (regenerative) elevators recycle energy instead of wasting it as heat
  • Go-Slow escalators and moving walks that reduce speed when not in use to save energy
  • Radiant heating and cooling to supplement displacement ventilation to provide energy efficiency, improved interior air quality and increased passenger comfort
  • Dynamic glass windows that change with the location of the sun, to reduce glare and improve comfort
  • Large windows exploiting daylight to reduce the need for electric lighting
  • Controllable, dimmable, long-life light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures throughout the facility
  • Bathroom accessories and low-flow hands-free faucets save water in our drought-prone state
  • Photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof, providing renewable energy for the installation
  • Highly efficient outdoor air filtration system to remove pollutants and odors to provide healthier indoor environments with minimal impact on efficiency
  • Building materials and furniture with low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • Selection of products, systems and materials with the least environmental or planetary impact based on Health Product Declarations (HPD) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
  • Integrated building management system measures energy and water consumption and adjusts equipment to be more efficient
  • Seamless access to all facilities, including public transport, via the AirTrain electric people mover, which has eliminated more than 600,000 miles of bus travel every year
  • Recycling and diverting approximately 95% of construction waste from landfills

In February 2022, Harvey Milk Terminal 1 became the first airport terminal in the world to achieve “Platinum” certification using the latest standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program developed by the US Green Building Council.

This latest version, known as LEED v4, raises the bar for the design, construction and operation of high-performance structures.

In March 2021, Harvey Milk Terminal 1 became the first terminal in the world to achieve certification from Fitwel, a building rating system that provides guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings.

Construction of Harvey Milk Terminal 1 is divided into two projects: Boarding Area B (BAB) and Terminal 1 Center (T1C).

The design-build, construction and project management teams are as follows:

  • BAB Design-builder: Austin Commercial & Webcor Builders Joint Venture with HKS / Woods Bagot ED2 International / KYA
  • BAB Construction Manager: WSP / AGS
  • T1C Designer-builder: Hensel Phelps with Gensler / Kuth Ranieri
  • T1C Construction Manager: AECOM & Cooper Pugeda Management Joint Venture

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