Oak Terminal One expansion & Rehabilitation

MWA led the design team for a sustainable modernization and upgrades to the passenger experience for 1950’s era Oakland International Airport Terminal One. As part of the Port of Oakland’s “Moving Modern” program, this renovation earned LEED ID+C for Commercial Interiors Gold certification. Terminal One contains the ticketing and baggage claim operations, 9 airlines, 16 boarding gates, and US Customs and Immigration facilities for international flights.



Oakland, CA


Port of Oakland


260,000 SF




LEED ID+C for Commercial Interiors Gold Certification


2018 Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, Excellence In Structural Engineering Award of Merit


Thomas Harris

One of the fastest growing airports in North America, the priority was to upgrade the outdated infrastructure while allowing the airport and security functions to remain in operation. This included seismic improvements and creating a temporary security checkpoint.

Subsequent phases focused on enhancing the airport experience for travelers

Some of these improvements include a new window wall system to bring in more daylight

The second floor administration offices are redesigned and include public meeting space; better wayfinding and new signage; new elevators; new finishes

The design explored a variety of ways to retrofit the space, ultimately deciding that interior versus exterior seismic upgrades were optimal

The office design eliminates the system ceilings, providing a loft-like exposed ceiling concept allowing for a more open and light-filled workspace.

Upgrades were made to interior space operations, security badging, parking permits, and lost and found.

OAK Terminal One was featured in Airport Improvement Magazine. Check out the article!


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