Education Meets the Airport

The cheerleading team from Belmont Notre Dame High School gave a rousing performance at the opening for San Francisco International Airport’s T3 East Concourse on Monday evening. The teens performed cheers, aerial lifts and dance routines to close out the opening gala event at SFO’s T3, which opens to the public on Wednesday, November 18, just in time for Thanksgiving travel. 

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SFO T3 Wins 2015 IIDA Serve Merit Award

By:  Shoma Chatterjee

SFO T3 wins 2015 IIDA Serve Merit Award – the award is given by the International Interior Design Association.  The project was recognized for its "clean, modern and efficient traveler experience. The design features a range of elements that offer travelers a place where they will enjoy spending time."

See the complete award posting at

SFO T3 Published in The Registry

SFO Terminal 3 was reviewed in The Registry, which noted how the design of T3 built on the lessons learned from the earlier project for the renovation of Terminal 2, which has also received high praise.  Both projects were designed to meet the San Francisco International Airport's goal of enhancing the passenger experience, and after flying out of both T2 and the recently completed T3 Boarding Area E, I can say this has been very successful.

The complete article in The Registry can be found at


SFO T3 Construction Tour

Hamilton + Aitken Staff toured SFO’s Terminal 3 Boarding Area E project (BAE), led by Jay Wilson, the Construction Manager from Gensler. Hamilton + Aitken partnered with Gensler/ Hensel Phelps on the LEED GOLD, Design Build BAE project, and we were able to tour the construction site while a number of activities were going on.

All of the spaces were framed and finishes were being applied to the floor, walls, and ceilings, so we got a good idea of the look and feel of the finished space. The exterior curtain walls were also installed, and Hensel Phelps was beginning to install the fins at each mullion for daylighting control. The new skylights provide a generous amount of natural light to the center of the space.

We talked with Jay about the new fire suppression system and toured the HVAC system rooms to see the equipment for supply and return air, which were so large you could walk through them if there were no grills. We also saw a small portion of our T3 East Renovation project including the connector to BAE and the temporary tunnel that the public will pass through while work is being done on the surrounding areas. It was exciting to see the progress of our work.