To great public approval, the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) opened the gleaming Terminal A complex in 1998. The terminal represents over 10 years of planning, design and construction, and was completed on time. The 275,000-square-foot building provides 12 gates (with provision for 10 future gates) doubling passenger capacity. Completion of this project was a major step for the airport in moving from regional to international status. As such, it involved many infrastructure aspects, from roadways to parking, security to baggage handling.
As the original architects for the Airport Master Plan, our goal was to provide a new terminal that would meet the changing needs of air travelers well into the 21st Century and also work cohesively with the existing terminals and support facilities. We retained the building palette of warm ochre-tone precast concrete and lightly tinted glass for the exteriors. The interior spaces open up dramatically to provide a sense of volume and spaciousness at the entry-level areas. The upper concourses are broad, with continuous skylights and fully transparent perimeter walls. The resulting vistas of the tarmac and agricultural land beyond are both restful and dramatic.
This terminal also prominently features “River’s Edge” by internationally known artist Gregory Kondos, glass panels illustrating scenes along the Sacramento River.