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Innovative New Airport Terminals: San Francisco's Terminal 2

Bruce Damonte

San Francisco’s Terminal 2

Opening Date: April 2011

SFO is the world’s only airport that’s also an accredited museum, so art is everywhere—inside and out—at this 14-gate terminal. Laminated glass panels change color as passengers pull up to the main entrance hall, and a massive burgundy netting sculpture suspended from the ceiling moves slightly thanks to computer-controlled breezes. Sustainability was also built into energy-efficient T2: repurposed material from the original terminal was used, along with reclaimed water for toilets; preferential parking goes to electric and hybrid cars; passengers can refill empty water bottles at stations after security. These efforts are intended to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 1,667 tons per year.

Kudos For: The very first airport yoga room, a 150-square-foot space that provides mirrors and yoga mats, but bans shoes and cell phones. Cat Cora, one of Food Network’s Iron Chefs, and local celebrity chef Tyler Florence have opened culinary outposts in Terminal 2, alongside local restaurants such as Napa Farmer’s Market and The Plant Café.  

Who Flies Here: American Airlines, Virgin America.


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