International Terminal

San Francisco International Terminal

Project Details

General Contractor

$513 Million

San Francisco Airport Commission

San Francisco, CA


1.8 Million Square Feet


Project Description

San Francisco International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States. The number of Pacific Rim travelers using SFO is projected to increase. In order to keep pace with the demand, SFIA underwent a massive expansion. The centerpiece of the construction program is the new International Terminal.

The 1,800,000-square-foot, 5-level steel structure International Terminal provides a world-class welcome to an expected 12 million passengers each year. Some of the features include 24 international gates, customs ability to handle 5,000 passengers per hour, 12 baggage carousels, 32 elevators, 26 escalators, 168 high-tech check-in counters, 382,000 square feet of metal and glass, 18 acres of terrazzo and carpet, 147,000 square feet of retail space for world-class restaurants and retail stores, and state-of-the-art security systems.

The International Terminal straddles the existing roadwork concurrently expanded to 8 lanes. Maintaining access to the existing terminals was of critical importance during the construction. The key to the success of the project was protecting the safety of the public, airport and airline personnel, and construction personnel.

New parking facilities provide for 3,200 new parking spaces adjacent to the International Terminal. Tutor Perini was the contractor for the $60 million, 9-level concrete parking garage with post-tensioned beams and deck slabs, architectural precast concrete, and prefabricated metal/composite panels. The garage connects to the International Terminal via a steel truss pedestrian bridge and an integral ART Station incorporated into the garage.