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Lerch Bates Selected To Join Team Redeveloping San Francisco International Airport Terminal

$2.4 Billion Project Expected to Be Completed in 2024

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, will design the complex vertical transportation systems for San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) new Terminal 1 (T1). SFO is redeveloping T1, one of its oldest terminals, to meet the needs of modern travelers and revolutionize the guest experience.SFO T1 rendering

“Lerch Bates continues to be selected as the designer of elevator and escalator systems for prestigious landmark projects under construction around the world,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The redevelopment of SFOs Terminal 1 is a substantial undertaking that will affect how people fly in and out of one of the busiest airports in the United States. We’re very pleased that we were chosen to be a part of this respected design team.”
T1 was built in the early 1960s and over time has become less able to accommodate the millions of passengers that it handles each year. When fully completed in 2024, T1 will elevate SFO’s standard of providing a world-class, environmentally friendly travel experience and is expected to meet or exceed the award-winning standards of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 Boarding Area E. T1 is anticipated, at minimum, to receive an environmental LEED© Gold certification. T1 will remain open during its redevelopment with construction expected to be completed in 2024.

SFO T1 rendering 2The $2.4 billion project includes: 

  • 24 new MRL elevators, 22 new machine room-less escalators (MRL), four new moving walks and the modernization of two Westmont speedwalks
  • Design and construction of T1’s north, south and central areas 
  • A new Boarding Area B (B/A B) with improved passenger circulation and access to its 24 gates, new passenger loading bridges and new concessions 
  • A refreshed Boarding Area C 
  • A new central area with improved spaces for passenger check-in, a consolidated security checkpoint, a re-composure area, a new common use Baggage Handling System and baggage claims and a new mezzanine with connections to the AirTrain and the Central Parking Garage.

Lerch Bates is the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics. For more than 65 years, the Denver-area based firm has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. The company has consulted on many of the world’s tallest buildings including the 2,717-foot (428-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389- foot (423-meter) Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.