SFO Terminal 2 renovations progress

July 29, 2010 1:35:04 PM PDT
The San Francisco International Airport is one step closer to completing renovations on Terminal 2 after relocating six departments currently stationed in the terminal to a new "SFO Business Center."

Terminal 2 formerly hosted international flights, but closed in 2000 when the airport opened a new international terminal.

Airport officials planned to renovate Terminal 2 as a domestic terminal following its closure, but low demand for flights following 9/11 in 2001 delayed moving forward with those plans until demand improved in the past three years, airport spokesman Mike McCarron said.

The Terminal 2 renovations are expected to be complete in spring 2011. Virgin America and American Airlines are scheduled to host domestic flights out of the new terminal.

Six departments that had been occupying Terminal 2 for two decades -- including Information Technology and Telecommunications employees, Aviation management, parking management, revenue development and management, finance and accounting - were recently moved to a renovated building at 575 North McDonnell Road.

Parts of Terminal 2 that those departments were occupying are scheduled for demolition as part of the renovations, McCarron said.

Although the space is not centrally located in the airport, McCarron said that the Airtrain stops directly across the street from the building.

The SFO Business Center building is a renovated United Airlines facility, and is projected to receive LEED environmental certification, McCarron said.

"The opening of the SFO Business Center is an outstanding example that an organization can provide a quality work environment for its employees and still be responsible stewards of the environment," said Airport Director John Martin in a prepared statement.


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