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



San Francisco, CA


Airport Commission of City and County of San Francisco


544,630 square feet

3 levels above grade

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Hornberger+Worstell, Inc./ED2 International, A JV

On July 25, 2019, Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport was officially named Harvey Milk Terminal 1. 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 is a ground-up, Type I addition and renovation transportation project designed by HKS-Woods Bagot-ED2-KYA JV. It features one structure with three levels above grade to accommodate a total of 24 gates. The project includes a new Boarding Area B with gate boarding and seating areas, concessions and passenger amenities, reconfiguration of airside systems for new gates, back of house and support spaces, and a new baggage handling system


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