SFO CAC Achieves LEED V4 Gold Certification

Webcor Completes CAC, its first LEED Version 4 Certified Gold Project

San Francisco International Airport intends to be “one of the world’s most sustainable airports,” and Webcor is building that vision into a reality. On May 28th, 2019, SFO’s Consolidated Administration Campus (CAC) Phase I received its LEED v4 BD+C: New Construction Gold certification, marking a milestone as Webcor’s first LEED version 4 certified project. While future LEED Gold certified sites like SFO Grand Hyatt, Terminal 1 Boarding Area B, and the American Airlines Lounge are still under construction, this project sets the stage for future success.

CAC houses an array of airport administrative facilities including office spaces, a conference center and the Airport’s first purpose-built storage space for the SFO Museum, the only accredited museum located in an airport.

The Museum boasts an impressive collection of books and artifacts “relating to the history of commercial aviation, with an emphasis on the West Coast and the Pacific Region,” according to the SFO website. Its collection includes a diverse array of pieces ranging from large airplane parts to custom-tailored flight attendant uniforms. They also fabricate all displays at their in-house woodshop, metal shop, paint shop, and even mannequin shop. Accordingly, the Museum had unique and diverse needs that Webcor and its partners worked to address. One particular highlight for the Museum staff is the structurally robust compact shelving archive space that now holds 44% more cubic feet with only 78% of the previous space’s footprint. This allows their team to safely and efficiently access the Museum’s expansive collection of aviation history.

In the office spaces, occupants enjoy intentional design features like abundant natural light and sweeping views of SFO and the Bay. During our visit to the site, one employee mentioned, “I’ve worked here for many years, but this is the first time I’ve actually felt like I work at an airport!” Views to the outdoors improve employee mental health, engagement and productivity. The offices are also equipped with a modern building management system (BMS) and enhanced security that support sensitive airport operations.

Workspaces are positioned near tall windows to leverage natural lighting and views of SFO and The Bay

Many of the building’s features also make the space more environmentally sustainable. Since SFO is a municipal project aiming to reach net zero (zero energy, carbon neutrality and zero waste), long term sustainability was a top priority. Technology like daylighting controls, radiant heating and cooling in the floors, and an advanced HVAC system accompanied design features like increased floor-to-floor heights to support these long-term goals. Furthermore, they were crucial to achieve LEED v4 Gold certification. Outside of the building, the team also incorporated sustainable features like solar lighting and 24 EV charging stalls.

LEED v4 was established by the USGBC to motivate stronger energy performance, better materials, increased water efficiency, and accounting for human experience. All new projects seeking LEED certification after October 2016 are mandated to follow these more stringent guidelines for sustainable building, and CAC is an excellent example of the innovation and collaboration needed for certification to be successful. With support from the project’s LEED/sustainability consultant, Urban Fabrick, and the design team at Perkins+Will and Mark Cavagnero Associates, sustainability principles and documentation were employed early in the design process and continued until project completion. Practices like indoor air quality tests, efficient waste management, and building product disclosure and optimization helped to earn the credits needed for LEED Gold while also setting the stage for Webcor projects to come.