The design of the new terminal from the Sacramento International Airport by Corgan Associates with Fentress Architects makes the Airport seem airy and joyful. It is also eco-friendly, having solar shading devices incorporated in the curtainwall. Designers used low-E glass to reduce the heat gain, the structure of the building used recycled materials, the floor and ceiling finishes as well. Natural ventilation is also used when possible.
Clerestories help the building receive daylight, thus reducing the internal energy use. The new Central Terminal B wants to win the LEED® Silver certification for its sustainable design. The Sacramento International Airport represents the Central Valley region and Corgan, in association with Fentress Architects designed the building in such a way to encapsulate the history and culture of Sacramento.
Local and international artists contributed to the design of the terminal. The giant red rabbit jumping into a suitcase is the art piece belonging to Denver-based artist Lawrence Argent and it is called “Leap”. The building itself is transparent, offering panoramic views (of the mountains and towards downtown) and its structure is glass-walled. The ticketing hall has a view to the outdoors.
There is a complicated, stylish wood work panel that shows six faces of the baggage handlers at Sacramento International Airport. This wood work was created by a local artist called Christian Moeller from LA. The terminal also has tile mosaics, walk-through sculptures and when it comes to technology it offers interactive flat screens.