Travis Howe

Architecture and Design 

SFO Consolidated Administration Campus

San Francisco, California


Mark Cavagnero Associates

As the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has expanded over time, the diaspora of airport staff across the campus has caused increasing difficulty for collaboration and departmental connectivity which has diminished the sense of identity for the employees. In response, the airport embarked on a master plan for a 300,000sf consolidated administrative campus that would unify the entire airport administrative staff.

Two interlocking office buildings create a central courtyard that is protected from the extensive wind and noise of the surrounding airport environment. A parking garage along the western edge of the site provides additional protection from the adjacent highway and predominate winds to create an area of respite from an otherwise unwelcoming landscape.

The first phase of the development is the northern building containing 100,000sf of office program as well as 35,000sf of storage and workshops for the airport museum. The building skin optimizes natural daylighting while mitigating solar heat gain by optimizing the window-to-wall ratio and shading the southern and western exposures with exterior louvers. In addition, daylight redirecting film and 15' floor-to-floor heights maximize daylight penetration. Combined with building automation, a radiant heating and cooling system, and increased envelope insulation, the building drastically reduces its energy use while creating even comfort and low glare throughout the office space.