GreatGlazing: Sacramento International Airport Central Terminal B

Photos by Nan Park

The basics: Sacramento International Airport’s new $1 billion Central Terminal B is a light-filled space, with floor-toceiling glass on three sides. The more than 300,000-squarefoot concourse is expected to achieve LEED Silver, in part due to its maximization of natural lighting and use of suncontrol devices. In addition to the expansive curtain wall, the project features custom exterior sun-control devices, sunshades over punched windows, aluminum louvers, and a large central skylight.

The players: Architects, Corgan Associates, Fentress Architects; general contractor, joint venture between Walsh Construction, Austin Industries; glass fabricator, Viracon; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries; glazing contractor/curtain wall, skylight and sun-control device designer and manufacturer, Architectural Glass & Aluminum.

The glass and systems: More than 140,000 square feet of custom unitized and stick-built curtain-wall systems; a custom engineered exterior sun-control device system; custom punched windows with sunshades; aluminum louvers; manual and automatic entrances; and a 15,000-square-foot structurally glazed skylight system. The specially designed 3-foot winged exterior sun-control devices attach to the exterior glazing systems. The 14,000-square-foot barrel vault skylight is a structural silicone glazed, cassette framed system. The glass is insulating glass comprised of Viracon VNE-63 low-E coating on PPG Starphire in combination, with full coverage ceramic frit spandrel and ceramic frit silkscreen patterns.