SFO to Open New Public Outdoor Observation Deck on February 14th
New “SkyTerrace” outdoor observation deck open to all, includes exhibit celebrating the history of SFO
SAN FRANCISCO - February
12, 2020 – The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the
opening of a new outdoor observation deck, the SkyTerrace, on Friday,
February 14, 2020. Located pre-security in Terminal 2, the SkyTerrace
is open to the general public and offers 180-degree views of the
busiest section of SFO, where all four runways intersect.
are very excited to open an outdoor observation deck that everyone can
enjoy,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “For many of us, coming
to SFO with family to watch airplanes helped inspire our love for
aviation. With the SkyTerrace, we hope to bring that same passion and
excitement to new generations of families.”
SkyTerrace will be open seven days a week from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Access is free. No ticket or boarding pass is required to access the
SkyTerrace, but visitors will undergo a security check as they enter
the space. Visitors may bring food and beverages to the area, but
smoking is not permitted at any time. Later this year, a café will open
in the vicinity of the observation deck.
SkyTerrace includes an SFO Museum exhibit titled The 1954 San Francisco
International Airport Terminal, which explores the history and
architecture of the facility that previously existed in the area where
the SkyTerrace is now located. Designed in the International Style, the
seven-story building employed an innovative, dual-level layout that
separated departures from arrivals, an approach that is now common at
airports around the world. Dedicated roadways streamlined traffic to
the terminal, and panoramic views of the airfield and San Francisco Bay
were provided from multiple spectators’ terraces. The terminal building
was dedicated on August 27, 1954, at the renamed San Francisco
International Airport during a three-day open house and flight festival
attended by nearly 600,000 visitors. This exhibition features a
selection of objects and historic imagery from the first decade of
operations at the 1954 International Terminal building. All material is
from the collection of the SFO Museum.
1,460 square foot SkyTerrace is furnished with wooden chairs and
benches situated among a creative display of drought-tolerant
landscaping. Bird-safe glass panels provide wind protection, yet allow
open views of the skies above.
The SkyTerrace was constructed at a
cost of $6.3 million, as part of a larger $59 million project which
will create additional employee, airline, and lounge space above
Terminal 2. The space was constructed by Turner Construction Company
and designed by Woods Bagot/AE3 Joint Venture. The space was
constructed to LEED “Gold” standards (certification pending) using
For more information on the SFO Museum exhibit, please visit: www.sfomuseum.org/exhibitions/1954-san-francisco-international-airport-t....
For downloadable images of the SkyTerrace, please visit: https://sfomedia.widencollective.com/portals/qeyy7bcp/SFOSkyTerrace2142020.
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