Oakland Airport completes $11 million terminal security exit project

Oakland, Calif. – August 1, 2023: Oakland International Airport has completed its Terminal 2 (T2) Security Exit Project. The exit upgrade will increase security at the airport and features new art that will welcome passengers to Oakland. Project costs totaled approximately $11 million with a 6-month construction period.

“I’d like to thank our passengers for their patience over the past few months as our OAK team and contractors have been hard at work on the Terminal 2 Security Exit Project,” says Craig Simon, Interim Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “We are proud to unveil this finished product that will provide additional non-intrusive security measures while incorporating attractive design elements that welcome arriving passengers to our vibrant community.”

Construction on the exit system began in January of 2023. To complete the expansive floor-to-ceiling work, passengers were rerouted to a temporary exit ramp that was installed alongside the entryway to the T2 concourse. The exit area was then blocked with construction walls while work was completed. The prime builder for the project was Turner Construction Company. There were 20 total contractors involved in the development and execution of the project, all of which was union labor.

The new exit system is designed to prevent passenger backflow from non-secure areas, which enhances airport security and provides a cost-saving benefit. From this point forward, passengers exiting OAK’s T2 will pass through motion sensors and two sets of automatic doors in order to enter the public baggage claim area. This new secure exit now reflects modern industry standards while also adding new engaging art for passengers to enjoy.

The new exit structure spans from floor to ceiling to prevent security breaches, and OAK’s design team chose to utilize the expansive vertical space as an opportunity to include a two-sided perforated aluminum art piece. On the secure side of the exit, arriving passengers will see a large-scale “Welcome to Oakland” sign presented in front of imagery of the Oakland city skyline at sunset. From the opposite (public) side of the exit facing the baggage belts is an abstract piece that spells out “Oakland.” The perforated aluminum design allows ample airflow for the comfort of passengers. The design lead on the art piece was Circa Now. 

OAK also just released a Draft Environmental Impact Report for its Terminal Modernization and Development Project. More information on this can be found here.


About Oakland International Airport 

Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all of the region’s business, entertainment and tourism venues. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact. 

Updates about current departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details about on-airport parking, shopping and dining and more, can be found at www.oaklandairport.com.

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Kaley Skantz – Airport Spokesperson, [email protected]

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