Great Glazing: Sacramento International Airport, Terminal B

The basics: The 300,000-square-foot Central Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport includes a 19-gate passenger concourse with an international arrivals facility, office space for building/airline support, a taxiway/apron and automated people mover, all housed in a three-story glass box outfitted with extensive daylighting and low-E glass to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Silver certification. Architects focused on Sacramento’s nickname, City of Trees, and the interplay of light and shadow the city’s trees create, when designing the terminal. 

Allowing natural light to filter in, as well as allowing views out to the city and distant mountains became the central design goal, and the architects proposed a sweeping terminal building with 130,000 square feet of canted glass curtain wall and clerestory windows, with rain screen composite aluminum panels. “One of the first ideas we struck upon was the idea of bringing the ‘outside’ into the building,” said Brent Kelley, architect from Corgan. “The building itself is a three-sided glass box, which is somewhat unique for an air terminal, since terminals tend to have only one side with glass.”

The players: Architects, Fentress Architects / Corgan; general contractor, Turner Construction; contract glazier, Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries; glass fabricator, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope; rain screen supplier, DAMS Inc.; lighting engineer, Arup 

The glass and systems: Bagatelos designed and fabricated the curtain wall system used for the Sacramento Airport Terminal B project. Low-E glass in an Arcadia curtain wall system finished with 2-coat Kynar comprised the three-story glass box. DAMS Inc., formerly Doralco, supplied Reynobond 2-coat Kynar rain screens for the project.