Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Boarding Area B

SFO Terminal Honors the Late County Supervisor Harvey Milk with a New terminal that's also an Art Exhibit

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San Francisco, CA


Airport Commission of City and County of San Francisco


572,538 square feet

3 levels above grade

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HKS / Woods Bagot / ED2 International / KYA JV and Tsao Design Group

On July 25, 2019, Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport was officially named after Harvey Milk. Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office in the state of California, served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for eleven months before he was assassinated in 1978.

Inside the terminal, travelers will encounter a new art exhibit called Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope. The 380-foot installation is a tribute to Milk's legacy and LGBTQ rights. It includes historic images, campaign signs, press clippings, and quotes. Passengers will also find renovated seating areas, including a sequence of floor-to-ceiling, window-facing lounge chairs that evoke mid-century modernism as well as retail and dining outlets.

David Campos, a former member of the Board of Supervisors, led the naming effort. “It's appropriate for San Francisco at this time to recognize that members of the LGBT community are equal members of our society and to recognize the work of this hero," Campos said in 2013. "It sends a clear message of hope and civil rights, not just here but abroad."

Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Boarding Area B is a ground-up reconstruction of a Type I concrete aviation terminal designed by HKS / Woods Bagot / ED2 International / KYA JV and Tsao Design Group. T1 BAB is a portion of the overall T1 redevelopment project to meet SFO's growing capacity, rapidly evolving technological demands, improved passenger experience, and goal of becoming 'zero net energy'. As one of the largest boarding areas on the SFO campus, T1 BAB reconfigured airside systems for 24 new gates and associated passenger boarding bridges, 18 hold rooms, central lounge with children's play area, airline clubs, international connections corridor, back of house and support spaces, new baggage handling system, and a galleria-type retail experience with 17 retailers and 15 concessions. The continuous terminal's 1,500' is connected by four people movers, 11 elevators, and multiple temporary and permanent public art displays. The existing, outdated terminal, which was later demolished, remained operational, requiring extensive phasing and relocations. Webcor self-performed concrete and doors. This project is LEED Platinum®.


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