In 1964 we completed a master plan for what was then a new jet facility known as Sacramento Metropolitan Airport. It was planned to serve the present and potential needs of a metropolitan community of approximately 1 million passengers yearly. Partnered with us for this master plan were Fisher Associates, Inc., and Reinard W. Brandley. Due to the increased population in the region, a new 1973 master plan allowed for a capacity of more than 2 times the passenger volume, with provisions for possible expansion to a regional airport complex.
Later renamed to Sacramento International Airport (SMF), it is one of the highest-rated facilities in the country in terms of passenger satisfaction. Currently, over 4 million people “emplane” each year, and this will more than double by 2024. Working with Corgan Associates in 2007, we completed a comprehensive 20-year master plan to accommodate this growth in service.
Plans included a new Central Terminal B building with hotel, a remote concourse facility with 23 gates, expansion of Terminal A to 21 gates, a second parking garage, runway expansion, light-rail service, and various support facilities. The County Board of Supervisors approved this master plan assuring that Sacramento continues to be a viable option for both domestic and international travel.
Construction of Central Terminal B was completed in 2011.