SANFan wrote:Yeah, the lack of windows always bothered me big-time at T2E; it was undoubtedly significantly cheaper to just stack blocks without the complication of having to stick windows in.
There was probably also an element of 'get the people in and out and on their way by making the building as institutional as possible -- no windows, no seating, no concessions."
As with most of the "new" airport building, once it was decided back in the '60s to move the terminals to the south side of the airport, and up to the time that T2W was constructed, the key was "cheap" with no frills. It's as though T1 and then T2 (as it was called back in the day and is now known as T2E) everything seemed to resemble 'temporary'. And hey, that may have been partly because nobody actually expected the San Diego airport to remain at Lindbergh Field terribly long in the old days -- all eyes and minds were looking elsewhere for the place to build a REAL airport!
And here we are.
Actually a big part of the problem when these were done was the airport was part of the Port Authority. The airport was their cash cow and so they would go on the cheap with builds and remodels as they didn't want to waste the cash they wanted to spend elsewhere. This is why the Port is trying like crazy to get the airport back under their control. They want the money. And if they succeed I bet things will change back to how it was: Crappy terminals designed for the lowest price with maximum cash extraction in mind.