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by Michael C. Lowe | April 13, 2011

 San Francisco International Airport will open its new Terminal 2 on Thursday following a $383 million renovation. The 640,000-square-foot space, with 14 gates, will be served by American Airlines and Virgin America. An improved design features a food marketplace with restaurants from Cat Cora and Tyler Florence, free wireless Internet access and a children's play area. T2 is the first airport terminal in the country to achieve LEED Gold certification, employing skylights to reduce artificial lighting, water conservation systems and sustainable building materials from recycled glass chips to structural steel. Additionally, with connections to the city's BART mass-transit system, T2 offers car-free access to reduce carbon emissions.