From the Portfolio: Crossville Tile Contributes to the 1st LEED Gold Airport Terminal in the U.S.
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 is the first LEED Gold registered airport terminal in the U.S. and features Crossville tile collections throughout its 16 public restrooms. We were honored with a Project Green / Best in Show, Commercial Remodel in 2012 for this exceptional project, and today we’re taking a look back at this expansive and unique project.
“This terminal is beautiful. It’s one of the few terminals in America where you arrive and think it’s going to be a great day.” — Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group.
It takes an extraordinary renovation to get noticed in San Francisco (and to get noticed by Sir Richard Branson, no less!). San Francisco is known as one of America’s greenest cities, so environmentally responsible renovations are relatively common throughout the metro area. From California’s stringent building codes to widely-embraced LEED standards, architects and designers have to be on top of their game to create projects that stand out and go to the next level in terms of sustainability. Nonetheless, the San Francisco Terminal 2 renovation project managed to just that, and Crossville tile certainly contributed to the sustainable standards that were so important.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) serves tens of millions of domestic and international passengers annually. As one of the world’s 30 busiest airports, SFO is committed to setting the industry standards, including safety and security, customer service, environmental commitment, and quality of facilities. With this in mind, the renovation of Terminal 2 became a tremendous challenge, and SFO achieved superior results.
Terminal 2 features about 640,000 square feet of space accommodating 5.5 million passengers per year through 14 gates. Reopened in 2011, the airport’s renovated Terminal 2 received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, demonstrating SFO’s commitment to efficiency, passenger comfort, and creativity.
Part of the overall renovation project consisted of the 16 public restrooms, eight sets of men’s and women’s restrooms. With more than 36,000 square feet of tile from floors to walls, choice of covering was instrumental. The SFO Terminal 2 design team needed a sustainable product with extreme durability that would still meet all of the required style and function elements.
The renovated restrooms feature Crossville’s Color Blox EC porcelain tile, which contains a minimum of 20 percent recycled content certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). The restroom flooring featured Crossville’s Color Blox EC “Sea Otter” 12”x24”,and the tiles were installed running parallel to the vanity areas to help guide the flow of traffic from the restroom entrance to the rear toilet area. The walls featured Crossville’s Color Blox EC “Sand Box” 12”x24” and were laid horizontal to the floor. In addition to the floor and wall coverings, a small amount of glass tile was used as trim near the ceiling above the vanity and sink areas.
In addition to sustainability and durability, choosing Crossville’s Color Blox EC porcelain tile provided the SFO Terminal 2 other benefits, such as its ease of maintenance even with green cleaning products that eliminate or minimize the use of harsh chemicals. The choice of a lighter color tile helps reflect light, therefore allowing a reduced footcandle output and overall less energy usage. And finally, the Color Blox EC porcelain tile–a dense, hard surface–is sanitary and does not harbor bacteria providing for a healthier restroom environment.
With the SFO’s environmental commitment top of mind, Crossville’s unique sustainability practices meshed perfectly with this green renovation project. Crossville is the first manufacturer in the industry to be certified by SCS for its waste recycling processes for fired waste and filtrate waste. Between Crossville’s industry-leading Tile Take-Back Program and the TOTO USA partnership, we’ve diverted tens of million pounds of ﬁred porcelain from landﬁlls and are a net consumer of waste.
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 renovation project team members:
- Owner-Client: City and County of San Francisco
- Architecture and Design: Gensler
- General Contractor: Turner Construction
- Flooring Contractor: De Anza Tile
- Demolition Contractor: Silverado Construction
- Tile Manufacturer: Crossville Inc.
- Tile Distributor: Butler Johnson
- Setting Manufacturer: Custom Building Products
Want to see all the details of this great installation? You can access the Project Green PDF right here—-> Crossville – SFO T2 Project Green PDF.