enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco
International Airport (SFO) is committed to setting the standard for the
industry. SFO has received numerous awards, including this year’s recognition by
Airport Revenue News for outstanding concession programs. As the “Gateway to the
Pacific”, SFO had an all time record for passenger traffic in 2012 of 44.5
million passengers traveling through the airport. SFO continues to redefine air
travel by building for the future. Airport Director John L. Martin and Mayor
Edwin M. Lee announced a $4.1 billion 10-year Capital Improvement plan for the
Airport, which is sure to elevate the air travel experience at SFO.
mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities. Our
employees carry out our mission through leadership in safety and security,
customer service and satisfaction, community relations, environmental
commitment, quality of facilities, and financial and economic vitality.
Airport’s engineers and architects are large contributors to SFO being the
outstanding facility that it is. Of the 5,200 acres that comprise this facility,
2,500 are under water and most of the remaining 2,700 acres are constructed from
fill on Bay mud. Such a foundation leads to many unique engineering and
architectural challenges. Airport engineers constantly strive for innovative
solutions to problems incurred in the design of 4 runways, 16.5 miles of
taxiways and 26 miles of roadway.
Francisco is truly an interesting and exciting place to work. If you are up to
the challenge of creating an Airport environment using your engineering and
architecture background, then the Airport is a great place to refine and hone
The Architecture Department provides planning, programming, design &
construction services for a broad range of Airport building & interiors projects
involving new construction & renovation through all phases of project
development. Its goal is Exceptional Project Outcome (EPO), part of the
Airport’s program for excellence through its “Reaching for Number One”
initiative. Architecture’s ADA/Universal Design team, LEED/ Sustainability
Program, & Design Review Committee set high standards of design, functionality
and constructability for all projects throughout the Airport. Its teams provide
site feasibility, programming, design, construction documents, project bidding
and award, construction administration, & it works with the Airport’s
engineering group on multi-discipline projects. It also reviews & approves
Airport tenants (Airlines and Concessions) projects to ensure the health,
safety, security, & enjoyment of the traveling public, through its
high standards of design & construction quality. The Architecture
Department is also responsible for the Airport’s ADA (Americans with Disability
Act) program ensuring all Airport facilities are accessible to persons with
disabilities, meeting or exceeding federal, state and local requirements. Its
LEED/Sustainability program ensures that new projects meet the highest
sustainability standards possible. Its Design Review Committee reviews &
approves all Airport projects with a public exposure.
objectives for Asset Management at SFO is to maintain assets at an optimum level
while maximizing the effectiveness of the Airport’s resources, to implement
sustainable and cost-efficient processes using best practices and technologies,
including lifecycle cost analysis, forecasting, and
decision analysis, and to maintain asset registry, asset availability,
reliability, and operational safety. Knowledge in the field of Geographic
Information System is often recruited to support the development of our
enterprise initiatives, which include extensive collaboration with other Airport
departments such as Engineering, Environmental Planning, Noise Abatement, and
Airfield and Emergency Operations.
considered a city within a city. It
has structures (large and small), terminals, cargo buildings, electrical power
stations, and firehouses. It has
miles of roadways with garages and parking lots; and yes, like most cities, SFO
has its visitors from the sky; however these birds wear company logos and fuel
the economic engine of the Bay Area.
It is the responsibility of the Civil Engineering Section to make this “City” as
safe and efficient as possible.
Civil Engineering designs drainage systems to divert storm water off the
pavement for treatment; oversees and manages multi-discipline projects; provides
airfield and roadside pavement design, and provides for new taxiways and parking
areas for planes.
design and construct pavement
projects for runways, taxiways and concrete aprons and keep the pavement
management program up to date. Staff also provide design and construction
management services for airfield drainage systems, aircraft lead-in systems,
airfield security fencing systems, garage structures and parking lot
improvements, the elevated roadway system, perimeter shoreline/dike system,
geotechnical and structural engineering assistance, and airfield geometric
Computer Science/ Information Technology
Information Technology and Telecommunications Section is the SFO’s central
computer and information technology unit, responsible for a wide range of
systems, applications, and services. It has the following groups: Network
Services, Technical Services, Projects and Planning Services, Information
Engineering Services, Business Administration Services, Quality Assurance
Services and Information Security. Its key responsibilities include: ordering of
computer hardware and software, installation of computer hardware and software,
development of new systems, coordination and training for desktop computer
products, installation and support of Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN),
and research and development of new technologies.
Construction Managers and Inspectors are responsible for inspecting construction
work as it progresses to completion, ensuring quality control and quality
assurance, reviewing and checking preliminary plans and specification,
estimating quantities for projects, and monitoring progress payments. Inspectors provide inspection and
coordination of Airport construction contracts.
Surveyors provide surveying services, including control points,
horizontal and vertical datum’s, layout, cuts and fills info, offsets and metes
Project Managers are responsible for the
planning, design and construction of complex Airport capital projects. The
Project Management staff works with consultants as well as Airport staff to
develop the design of world class aviation facilities including terminal
buildings, boarding areas, baggage handling systems, parking structures, and
cargo facilities. The Project Management staff develops and implements different
delivery strategies that fit the project risk and complexities so we can
optimize schedule, scope and budget and deliver exceptional facilities for the
Airport. The Project Management staff is responsible for the management of
project cost and schedules to insure compliance with approved budgets and
Electrical Engineers are responsible for the design and
construction of power distribution, telecommunications, life safety, special
systems, security systems, clean energy systems, airfield lighting system,
interior/exterior lighting, and facilities control and monitoring systems for
the Airport. Engineers work on these systems to provide a safe and reliable
operational atmosphere for the travelling public, employees and the community.
The Airport’s electrical power distribution system includes 12kV primary with
480V secondary system, and 5kV distribution system for the airfield lighting.
Mechanical Engineers design and improve the heating, ventilation, air
conditioning, and energy management control system for all the Airport
facilities. They manage and upgrade various types of building fire protection
system; assure that there is an adequate safe drinking water supply and that
water is being conserved; enforce cross connection control; improve storm
drainage and /or industrial waste and sewage pump station; expand critical
infrastructure such as water, sewer, industrial waste, storm drain, natural gas,
diesel and aviation fuel system.
Mechanical engineers also design fall protection system for worker safety that
comply with the latest environmental, health, safety, and security regulations.
Engineers are responsible for the safety and operations of the roadways and
freeway ramps serving the Airport.
Traffic Engineers oversee the operations of traffic signals, roadway striping,
way finding signing and overhead electronic message signs, and maintain records
used in planning and litigation, and in establishing speed limits. Traffic Engineers provide the
geometric design of roadways and transportation facilities during the planning
process. They provide traffic
handling planning for construction activities on roadways and in parking
facilities to ensure safe and efficient roadway operations during construction.
Utilities Engineers are responsible for keeping all the Airport-owned
underground utilities operational that include water, industrial waste, sanitary
sewer, and storm drain pipes.
Utilities engineering uses mechanical, civil, electrical engineers to help
design and manage construction projects, to upgrade and replace underground
utilities, as well as manage as-needed contracts to repair broken utilities.
Environmental Services group (ESG) is responsible for preparation of SFO
Sustainability Plan, Environmental Sustainability Report, and SFO Climate Action
Plan. The sustainability plan entails identification of sustainability practices
and will provide guidelines for implementation of such practices at the Airport.
Sustainability guidelines would cover all aspects of SFO procedures, practices,
and policies; including design and construction, operation and maintenance, air
and water quality enhancement, resource procurement and utilization, climate
change adaptation, and environmental management system. The Climate
Action Plan is updated annually and documents the status of SFO’s carbon
footprint as well as the offset measures implemented to mitigate the
environmental impact of SFO carbon emissions. The Environmental
Sustainability Report is updated periodically and describes environmental
achievements and milestones at SFO, including natural resource conservation,
solid waste reduction and recycling, enhancement of the work environment, and
green building initiatives.
addition ESG develops and implements contaminant remediation plans for soil and
groundwater and abatement plans for building hazardous materials and provides
expert advice on environmental issues to other Airport sections. ESG also
ensures compliance with local, State, and Federal environmental laws and
regulations pertaining to SFO operations.