In 1968, our design team, under the name of “San Francisco Airport Architects,” was engaged for the first phase of construction at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for the terminal expansion. It consisted of the north terminal, entrance roads and terminal roads, a ground transportation center, remodeled and enlarged south and east terminals, and replacement of most loading areas. The terminal plan design accommodates total ground transportation needs.
The San Francisco Bay Area region’s rapid transit and freeway systems connect with the airport’s central ground transportation complex and its vertical and horizontal elevator systems which radiate to the passenger terminal ring and airplane boarding areas. The passenger service, ticketing, baggage checking and claim, customs, restaurants, shops, banking, and healthcare are all integrated into the design. Aircraft services on the apron include fueling, baggage handling, food service, cargo, power and other maintenance requirements which take place while the aircraft is parked at the terminal. All environmental, functional and security systems are supervised from a computer controlled management center.