San Francisco Airport Renovation

Voyagers who remember the old American Airlines wing at Terminal 3 will not recognize it now.

The long hallway with ten gates featured a low, acoustic-tile ceiling with fluorescent light, black and white signs with gate amounts, and rows of the generic, black plastic-covered seats you can just see in airports. Several newsstands and busy restaurants were wedged between the gates.

“We have supplied plenty of high-end perks which you would not expect to find at an airport,” said airport manager John Martin. “Perhaps in a resort.”

The newest Boarding Area E – or Terminal 3 as it has been nicknamed by some E – is glowing, light and ultramodern. Tuesday it opens. Along the primary hallway, the ceiling was lifted 20 to 30 feet with a lot of natural light. By the end of the path, a 23-foot-tall picture window provides a panoramic view of the runways, as well as a dangling sculpture of giant metallic spheres, reflects the bustle of the airport as well as the sundown.

The terminal also features lounge-style seats with a few seats that swivel and a few shaped like eggs – and a few that invite travelers to recline to them and look just like a bent version of a level individual.

A children’s place has playthings but an interactive art facility or no play structure. “Spyrogyrate,” by Bay Area artist Eric Staller, has big lighted disks on the wall and flooring that whirl and alter colors as individuals stand to them.

Like the recently remodeled Terminal 2, the newest wing has with twinkling stars on the ceiling for anyone seeking a small tranquillity, a yoga room. An accumulation of retail shops with an area flavor along with an open feel and eateries – including two pop-up stores that can rotate twice or once a year – will serve voyagers.

“We need the passenger, the minute he steps off the airplane, to feel like he is in San Francisco – with local restaurants, local shops,” said M. Arthur Gensler Jr., creator of Gensler, the company that designed the renovation.


The restrooms are open and elaborate, with light that is natural – there are dressing rooms.

SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said a straightforward makeover was initially intended by the airport for the boarding place but altered the strategies subsequent to the prevalence of the Terminal 2 remodel, which combined artwork and modern layout, retail and local food. Martin said the passed boarding place “goes a step above Terminal 2.”

Signs that display wait times will be included by the newest checkpoint. The airport may also enlarge the terminal to add more stores in addition to three gates and eateries. The security developments are anticipated to be finished this summer, using the growth a year away.