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SFO Terminal 2

San Francisco, California

After being stripped to just concrete and structural steel, Taylor Engineers aided in a full remodel of SFO terminal 2. With this project, Taylor Engineers helped SFO Terminal 2 receive LEED Gold Certification.

Taylor Engineers served as the design/build contractor's mechanical engineer for the core, shell, and tenant improvements. Taylor Engineers identified over 100 major opportunities to improve upon the bridging engineer's design while still meeting the performance requirements, resulting in a lower energy design and over $2 million in first cost savings. Opportunities to reduce energy cost identified by Taylor Engineers included elimination of return ducts, most FSDs, and reheat from VAV boxes.

The new mechanical systems at SFO Terminal 2 include custom air handlers with fan arrays and high efficiency filtration, both hot and chilled water from the airport's central plant, and displacement air distribution with baseboard convector heating in most locations including Ticketing, Luggage and Concourse. As well as overhead air distribution with VAV reheat in Boarding Areas and specialized HVAC systems for Server Rooms, Museum Display Cases, and other specialty spaces.

Size (ft²)




Project Type

Airport Terminal

Scope of Work

C&S and TI mechanical design




City and County of San Francisco




HVAC: Johnson Controls


© Nic Lehoux


JCI: William Hadinger
JCI: Philip Harris
Gensler: Clonia Cautis

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