Inside SBA

Airline Terminal in November 2012The Airline Terminal welcomes 720,000 passengers a year.

Airline Terminal Project - Phase Three, the final phase of the Airline Terminal Project, is under way and is scheduled to be completed by the middle of November.

The new Airline Terminal opened on August 18th, 2011!  The $63 million project  includes a new aircraft parking ramp, a new airline terminal building including site preparation and soil stabilization, relocation and rehabilitation of the 1942 portion of the existing terminal, a new short term parking lot and roadway.  The 72,000 square foot terminal was designed in the tradition of the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style which defines the City of Santa Barbara’s local culture and sense of place.

The new terminal was designed as a sustainable structure and may be eligible for a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating once all of the improvement projects are complete.  (Please see attached diagram for phase three construction). PHASE 3 PLANS

Airline Terminal Overview

Design Features

Grand Opening Gala on June 17th, 2011

Watch the photographic slideshow

Public Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony June 19th, 2011

Watch the entire video!           Photographic Slideshow 

Project Timeline

2012 Construction

  • New Loop Road
  • New Short Term Parking Lot
  • Relocation & Refurbishment of Historic Terminal Complete

2011 Construction

  • Install baggage handling & TSA fixtures & equipment
  • Install security systems and building finishes
  • Tenant improvements - concessions and airlines
  • Site work pavement and landscape finishes
  • Punch list and LEED flushing

2010  Terminal Building

  • Install water, sewer, power, and communication lines
  • Install pad footings and grade beams
  • Pour slab on grade March
  • Erect structural steel April
  • Erect/install metal decking, pour concrete on metal deck
  • Set electrical transformer/permanent power to the site
  • Install interior/exterior metal stud framing
  • Rough in plumbing and electrical
  • Install PVC and clay tile roofing
  • Install exterior doors
  • Install drywall

2009 Terminal Building    

  • Short Term Parking relocated
  • Baggage Claim relocated
  • Terminal Loop Road relocated
  • Soil Preparation
  • Site Utilities installation

2008 Construction Begins 

Ramp Reconstruction Taxiway B Construction

2007 Terminal Design    




Construction Videos


Update - January


Public Art  - December

Officials Tour   October

"Postcards of Travel"
creation & installation


Construction Tour w/ Project Engineer
Leif Reynolds

Steel Structure   April

Lantern Restoration   April


Batter Boards & Footings  January




Soil Stabilization   December

What to Expect     November


Construction Photographs


March 8 Construction

Winter Construction

November - January


Fall Construction

September - October


Summer Construction

June - August 6th 

Winter - Spring

January - May


Site Preparation & Footing Construction


Taxiway B, Ramp Reconstruction

& Loop Road Reconfiguration