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Sacramento's new terminal wins LEED Silver certification

Sacramento International Airport's new $1 billion terminal and concourse have been awarded LEED Silver certification by the US Green Build Council.

Sacramento International Airport’s new $1 billion terminal and concourse have been awarded LEED Silver certification by the US Green Build Council.

The terminal, a collaborative design between Corgan Associates and Fentress Architects, was the key element of the gateway's modernisation programme known locally as 'the Big Build'.

Sacramento International Airport (SMF), the self-proclaimed gateway to Northern California, becomes the second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified airport in California after Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Fentress Architects also designed Mineta's highly-acclaimed Terminal B, which became the first new passenger terminal west of the Mississippi River to receive LEED Silver certification when it opened in 2010.

Sacramento's new central terminal and 19-gate airside concourse ensures that it is now capable of accommodating up to 16mppa.

All images courtesy of Jason A Knowles © Fentress Architects.


According to Fentress, its new terminal is bright and airy, with abundant natural daylight entering through expansive glass curtain-walls and clerestories. Daylight is maximised and energy use reduced along the airside concourse.

Other sustainable features include solar shading devices built into the curtain-wall; low-E glass to minimise heat gain; building structure and finishes partially composed of recycled materials; low-flow fixtures to minimise water usage; and natural ventilation to reduce energy use.

• Elsewhere in the US, the Port of Seattle Commission has accepted the LEED Silver award from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction and operation of the soon-to-open consolidated Rental Car Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

It is currently the largest consolidated rental car facility in the nation to be certified Silver by the USGBC, the nation’s pre-eminent programme for high performance green buildings. 

”We can build a sustainable future while we create jobs,” Port of Seattle Commission president, Gael Tarleton, said after learning of the award.

“All of our partners can take credit for recycling more than 97% of construction waste and sourcing nearly 30% of building materials from local and regional suppliers.” 

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