Sacramento International's expansion: Eight good things to know

Published: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 9A
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 19, 2012 - 7:54 pm

1. Food and stores

There are 14 new food and beverage outlets and 10 retail shops. Most are in the Concourse B building. Others are on the third floor of Central Terminal B, where meeters and greeters can await arrivals. There's even a newsstand-style store and a coffee outlet in the baggage claim area.

2. Meditation room

The airport provides a quiet room where people can spend a few solitary moments before their flight. No talking allowed. The room is tucked away on the second floor in the hallway under the escalators.

3. Rocking chairs and views

There are wooden rockers and couches on the third floor, with panoramic views of the concourse building and its jet gates in the north airfield. The third level also offers tables on a mezzanine overlooking the second-floor ticketing hall. An outdoor patio next to baggage claim overlooks the airport's 9-acre landscaped "viewing park."

4. Internet access

There is free Wi-Fi in both terminals and the concourse building. The concourse has outlets at almost all of its boarding gates' pod-style seating areas. The food court has bar-style plug-in sites.

5. International arrivals and customs

The old customs building will close. The new international arrivals gate will be in the new concourse building. Arriving travelers will go though customs on the ground floor, then head upstairs to the people mover station, joining domestic travelers.

6. Public art

There will be 14 art pieces. You can pick up an art map at the first-floor information desk near the bottom of the escalators. If you have a smartphone, you can wave it over the electronic device on the placard near each art piece and connect to a website telling you more about that work.

7. Best view of the red rabbit?

Possibly on the third level, at the top of the escalators. The rabbit looks like it is leaping in from the manicured fields out front.

8. Architecture

The airport's architecture is about bringing the outdoors in, especially sunlight. The terminal's ceiling arches echo the tree canopies of Sacramento residential streets. The dark ceiling wood is from timbers reclaimed from the old Thornton Bridge in south Sacramento County.

– Tony Bizjak

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