SFO Postpones $1 Billion Terminal 3 West Project

April 8, 2020
Airport remains open, project to renovate remainder of Terminal 3 postponed.

 The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced plans to postpone a project to renovate the remaining section of Terminal 3, where United Airlines operates. The $1B Terminal 3 West project, originally slated to begin physical construction in June, will be postponed at least six months. This move is a result of reduced passenger and flight activity resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. This project postponement will not affect where airlines operate at SFO.

The Terminal 3 West project will renovate the existing 400,000 square foot western half of the terminal, including a seismic retrofit, new architectural finishes, and new passenger amenities. The project will also create 190,000 square feet of additional space, allowing for expanded food, beverage, and retail concessions. Aircraft gates will also be reconfigured to accommodate international flights, linked to the Customs facility through a new elevated secure connector.

SFO has completed about 75 percent of design and enabling activities, including relocation of utilities and tenants. Physical construction was slated to begin in early June, but will be postponed for at least six months. The original project timeline called for construction to be completed in fall 2023.

Design-build, construction, and project management team for the Terminal 3 West project are as follows:

  • Builder: Turner Construction Company
  • Designer: Gensler/TEF Design Joint Venture
  • Project Management Support Services:
    • PGH Wong Engineering, Inc.
    • CPM Associates, Inc.
    • MCK Americas, Inc.
    • Environmental & Construction Solutions, Inc.

SFO has already completed upgrades to other areas of Terminal 3. In January 2014, SFO reopened the renovated Boarding Area E with 10 gates for United Airlines. In November 2015, the Airport unveiled a renovated Terminal 3 East concourse, which included three aircraft gates, a consolidated central security checkpoint, and a new United Club location.