Based on increased passenger traffic, Sacramento International Airport embarked upon a major expansion program to meet facility and operational needs of passengers and airline tenants. Initial work was developed in conjunction with the airport master plan to define the facility requirements for replacement of the original passenger terminal constructed in 1967, and support the current and forecast passenger traffic through 2020. The new Central Terminal B was conceived and designed as a 400,000 SF landside terminal supported by a 300,000 SF airside concourse building, connected by an automated people mover APM system. The
facility was designed with flexibility in mind by providing a separation of departure and arrival activities, and incorporating an in-line EDS bag screening system, state of the art passenger screening checkpoint, a 60,000 SF concession program and a new international arrivals facility to process up to 400 passengers per hour.
Other components of the expansion include new structured and surface roadway systems; new aircraft apron and RON pavement; underground hydrant fuel system; a new cross-field taxiway; and other ancillary facilities to support the airports operations.
The design approach for SMF recognizes its location in the Central Valley and draws from regional influences to create an iconic structure for Sacramento County. The constraint of new development within the existing terminal area was acknowledged by providing a design solution that allows construction of the terminal in a
single phase while maintaining existing airport operations. Both facilities are designed with sustainability in mind and are anticipated to receive Silver LEED certification.