Design Features


The SBA design criteria:

  • The Santa Barbara Airport Experience
  • Sustainable Design
  • Accessiblity
  • Public Transit
  • Passenger Loading
  • Building Massing
  • Shifting Historic Structure

These criteria dictate our direction, including our goals of maintaining the "Santa Barbara Airport experience" and compatibility with the original building's scale and historic character, becoming LEED Certified for sustainability, and increasing accessibility for all travelers, including the physically challenged.

Design Team

Partnering with aviation clients since the 1940's, HNTB's comprehensive aviation services include airport on-call and master planning, environmental planning and assessment, airfield design, Terminal planning and design, airport technology planning, roadway and parking facility planning and design, integrated security solutions for passenger, baggage, perimeter and cargo screening functions, program and construction management, business and financial consulting services.

Phillips Metsch Sweeney Moore Architects is a full service planning and design firm located in Santa Barbara. They have a tremendous background of experience in and passion for projects that enrich this community.  Part of their responsibility in this project is to help ensure that the Santa Barbara Airport's rich architectural heritage is preserved and the area's strict planning codes are met.

Watercolor illustrations  by Fred Sweeney of SBA's new Airline Terminal.