Sacramento International Airport Central Terminal B

Central Terminal B

  • 400,000-square-feet landside, 300,000-square-feet airside (27,870 SM airside; 37,160 SM landside)
  • 2,400 passengers per hour
  • Two LEED Silver certifications
  • Central Valley AIA Design Award recipient
  • $1.04 billion
Known as the “City of Trees,” the Sacramento International Airport Central Terminal B draws inspiration from the surrounding Central Valley. The canopy effect of the tree-lined streets of the city influenced the use of filtered daylighting, natural materials, and ‘cathedral’ like ceilings. The contrast of shadows with the bright sunlight as it filters through the dramatic expression of the structural members arching overhead offers a natural rhythm to the terminal landscape.

As the new centerpiece of the airport, the terminal reflects the sense of identity that is the Sacramento Region. The terminal positions the airport for projected long term growth, with future expansion incorporating additional gates and converting the existing Terminal A to an airside concourse linked to the central terminal by a second automated people mover. The plan will accommodate growth well beyond the year 2050 through development of additional airside concourses. The design approach for Terminal B recognized the constraints of new development within the existing terminal area by providing a solution that allowed construction of the terminal in a single phase, saving time and money.


The modern airport is a self-contained city. Passengers demand exceptional experiences from approach to departure. Owners and airlines face the growing challenge of balancing real-world constraints of function, constructability, and value while building memorable and positive brand equity.

Corgan is an international leader in airport terminal design. Our drive to create the best client experience brings airports and airlines back to us time after time.

Going above and beyond is our daily mission. Operational-based solutions are conceived with rigor; empathetic, user-experience insights come from deep listening and virtual prototyping. As design solutions marry function and delight, all experiences are elevated.

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We understand scheduling, capacity, material selection and operational challenges. We facilitate consensus across all interested parties to achieve a long-term design solution. The need for uninterrupted operations is unquestionable.