San Francisco International Airport has always been a step ahead of many international airports across the world in its sustainable construction practices. Its commitment to creating a healthy built environment has earned the airport many global awards and certifications over the years. Just last week, Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at SFO Airport bagged a full WELL Core Certificate, thus becoming the first airport terminal in the world to get one.
The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is ‘a roadmap for creating and certifying spaces that advance human health and well-being,’ defines the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation with the aim to enhance human health and well-being through the built environment.
The WELL Certification is issued to institutions across four levels, with bronze being the basic certification level to platinum as the highest level. The rating system awards points by assessing the features of the built environment against 10 different parameters (such as air, water, thermal comfort, and community among others) that impact human health and well-being.
San Francisco International Airport’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Boarding Area B fared well in all these parameters and earned the WELL Platinum Certification.
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Expressing his contentment over this achievement, SFO Airport Director Ivar C. Satero said that the Harvey Milk Terminal 1 was designed “as a place to be relaxed, a place to be healthy, and a place to be inspired by the legacy of pioneering civil rights leader Harvey Milk.”