- Project Name
- SFO Big Room
- City of San Francisco/San Francisco International Airport
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- New Construction
- 36,800 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
- Elizabeth Ranieri
Steve Weindel, Principal-In-Charge
Melissa Mizell, Design Director, Principal
Byron Kuth, Managing Principal
Elizabeth Ranieri, Design Principal
Haji Ishikawa, Project Manager
Ophelia WIlkins, Job Captain
Frank Baumgartner, Project Architect
Juno Song, Designer
Ryan Natividad, Designer
General Contractor: Hensel Phelps,Civil Engineer: AGS, Inc.,Structural Engineer: Pannu Larsen McCartney, Inc.,Plumbing Engineer: Frank M Booth,Electrical Engineer: Redwood Electric,Lighting Designer: Redwood Electric,Geotechnical Engineer: AGS, Inc.
- Project Status
- Room or Space
A Joint Venture Project: Gensler and Kuth Ranieri Architects, with Hamilton Aitken
The SFO Big Room is a 200-seat office that will house the design-build teams awarded the Terminal 1 Renovation contract for the five-year duration of the project. A one-story structure contained within an existing airplane hangar, the Big Room was designed to encourage exchange and collaboration between disciplines and offer an engaging environment in which to create a cutting-edge airport terminal.
The interiors are designed to evoke the high-quality hospitality experience the client values for terminal design, yet with a budget-conscious materials palette. Clean white walls and ceiling planes, punctuated with screening elements of plywood on exposed stud framing and brightly colored structural columns, create a dynamic suggestion of implied space. Interactive wall graphics, expressive millwork, and reclaimed designer furniture are just some of the elements that enliven the office at minimal cost.
A range of spaces supports the full gamut of design activities, meeting sizes, and degrees of privacy. The central community space and kitchen, with its quirky-shaped dining table, is surrounded by pin-up space, serving as both informal gathering area and an open forum for charrettes and client presentations. Meeting rooms range from small “huddle” pods for impromptu gatherings to 15- to 20-person meeting rooms and two large conference rooms. Amenities such as phone booths, a “Zen room,” and a wellness room offer occupants options for privacy and quiet.
Photography by Jason O'Rear