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Terminal Overview


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Passenger Traffic illustration for Santa Barbara AirportThe new Airline Terminal is a 60,000 square feet building plus a 7,000 square foot historic Terminal. The Airport's Aviation Facilities Plan evaluated the size needed for the Airline Terminal based on forecasted passenger use through 2015.

Early in the planning stages, Santa Barbara City Council set goals to guide the Project through design. The new Terminal also includes a reconfigured short term parking lot; a new Terminal loop road that has  a dedicated lane for public transit, shuttles, and taxis; a longer front curb for private vehicle loading and unloading; and relocation and rehabilitation of the historic Terminal.

Included are features that make the Project both interesting and complex. Since the Airport is in a flood plain, Federal Emergency Management Administration regulations require that the building be above the 100-year flood elevation to protect it from flooding. This means building the new Terminal and the loop road about two feet higher than today and raising the historic Terminal. Originally the 1942 United Airlines' Terminal was hidden by building additions but they have now been removed.

Accommodation for four passenger-loading bridges has improved aircraft accessibility for the disabled, seniors, and families with small children. There is also ground boarding of aircraft and we are looking for technologies to improve passenger access for boarding these aircraft.

Sustainable design is one of the top priorities for the Airline Terminal Project. The Project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the nationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

The Airline Terminal is presently served by a variety of aircraft, from turbo-prop aircraft that seat approximately 30 passengers to regional jets, which accommodate 50-86 passengers. The new AirlineTerminal jet parking area can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 737, which seats about 120 passengers or an Airbus 318 which seats 128.

Budget Plays a Critical Role in Implementation

The budget for this Project is $63 Million based on the Airport's financial abilities. Just as with all Airport expenditures no local tax dollars will be used for the Project. The Airport is self-supporting from its tenant rents and user fees. The architects and Airport staff are constantly aligning the proposed project and budget.

  • The Airport's financial team is assembled.
  • The Airport's financial capacity is established.
  • The project budget is based on the Airport's funding capacity as shown in the pie chart below.
  • Cost escalation assumptions have been included in cost estimates.
  • $63M budget: Debt financing, FAA Airport Improvement Project (AIP) Grants, Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs), & Airport funding sources.
SBA graph of the budget for the Airline Terminal
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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