San Francisco International Airport (SFO)’s terminal 2 (T2) has secured LEED Gold certification from the US Green Business Council (GBC).

The 640,000ft2 terminal reopened after the completion of a $383m renovation in April 2011.

The terminal 2 renovation, through a design-build partnership between Gensler and Turner Construction, offers 14 gates serving Virgin America and American Airlines.

SFO director John Martin said that since its unveiling a few months ago, travellers have overwhelmingly applauded T2’s incomparable earth-friendly comfort and innovation, and the airport’s airline partners have also appreciated the significant upgrades.

T2 now includes a new seating facility, a food marketplace, over 400 computer plug-in outlets, hydration stations and eco-friendly art installations from local artists that highlight the natural world.

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The new terminal incorporates a special displacement ventilation system with fresh air for passengers, natural sunlight that fills the terminal instead of artificial lighting, and a paperless ticketing system throughout the terminal to increase efficiency and save trees.

T2 connects to BART via SFO’s AirTrain people-mover system to move passengers from the airport to the city on mass transit.

The new terminal uses sustainable building materials, including terrazzo flooring with recycled glass chips, recycled-content carpet, an energy-efficient lighting system, and innovative and efficient use of structural steel.

USGBC president, CEO and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi said that SFO’s new LEED-certified terminal personifies green building through its smart, thoughtful design that treads lightly on natural resources while helping to optimise human health.

"This project speaks volumes about all of those involved in its development – from the City of San Francisco to Virgin America and American Airlines – and will leave its visitors inspired," he said.

Caption: The terminal has re-opened after the completion of a $383m renovation and offers 14 gates serving Virgin America and American Airlines.