Locally owned: Old Soul Co., Jason Griest & Tim Jordan

An artisan coffee roaster and baker brought their old world values into a new world context when they created the Old Soul Co. boutique coffee roaster and bakery in midtown. Roaster Jason Griest was co-owner of the Naked Lounge when he met baker Tim Jordan, who was one of his early customers. The two realized that they both shared an old world appreciation for true craftsmanship and for quality products that spoke for themselves without the need for glitzy advertising methods. Old World Model Griest said that he and Jordan pictured American immigrants, from the 1700’s and 1800’s, arriving in New York on boats and bringing their strong work ethic and craft to the new world to make better lives for their families. He and Jordan wanted to emulate the model of lives being built around and fulfilled in mastering a craft, said Griest. Starting as a Wholesaler In 2006, the two men combined their artisanal skills and opened a wholesale business where they could produce superior coffee and baked goods and distribute them to local restaurants and markets. They were drawn to an old warehouse on the alley behind 17th and L Streets and spent the next four months jack hammering and sandblasting to convert it to space suitable for commercial food preparation. After completing the renovation, Griest and Jordan worked eighteen-hour days roasting […]

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Light rail from Downtown to River District opens Friday

The first leg of the long-awaited Green Line from downtown to the airport will make its debut Friday at a grand opening celebration. The Green Line is a 12.8-mile-long project that will eventually connect downtown Sacramento to South and North Natomas and the Sacramento International Airport. This first phase, which opens Friday, is a 1.1-mile segment that extends from downtown at the H and Eighth streets station to the the Township 9 station at Seventh Street and Richards Boulevard in the River District. In addition to linking the central city to the airport, the Green Line was designed to serve as a key connector to the airport and to the central city for residents in the Natomas area – a part of the city that has seen its population almost quadruple since 2003. The project broke ground in 2009 and will include 13 light rail stations, a light-duty maintenance facility and seven park-and-ride lots when it is completed, according to the Regional Transit website. Here is the map of the proposed Green Line from downtown to the Sacramento airport. RT Light Rail Green Line Map“For the River District, this is going to be a signature station,” Patty Kleinknecht, executive director for The River District, said Tuesday. “We are all about connecting: the river, downtown, the railyards and more. The future of the Green Line is […]

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Airport receives LEED Silver certification

Sacramento International Airport’s new Terminal B received LEED Silver certification, airport officials announced Tuesday. The terminal is the largest in the United States to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release. “Achieving LEED Silver certification on two buildings this large, with such intense daily public use, speaks to the vision and collaboration of the airport and its partners,” said G. Hardy Acree, director of airports for the Sacramento County Airport System. Nicknamed “The Big Build,” the $1.1 billion project was completed in October. Throughout the building process, officials stressed the importance of using sustainable materials and environmentally friendly designs, including glass ceilings and walls that allow for enough natural light that electric lighting use is minimized. Other aspects of the design included a heat-reflecting roof and energy-efficient shade devices.” Additionally, nine acres of asphalt were replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping. “Green technology is a cornerstone of the next economy,” said Don Nottoli, chairman of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. “Terminal B is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when technology is combined with a beautiful, functional building which will serve and support our regional economy.” To read more about the construction, click here and here. For information about the artwork installed in the new terminal, click here.  

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Airport receives $150,000 SMUD rebate for green efficiencies at Terminal B

     The Sacramento County Airport System has received a $150,000 rebate from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for energy efficiencies built into the design and construction of Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport. SMUD director Rob Kerth (Ward 5) will present the SMUD Savings By Design Program check to the Board of Supervisors at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 700 H St.     According to SMUD energy advisers, measures in place at Terminal B would yield a greenhouse gas reduction of 793 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of planting more than 33,000 trees or removing 165 cars from the road.      The airport’s Big Build design team worked closely with the SMUD Savings by Design Program to create a terminal that would optimize energy performance. Terminal B qualified for the incentive by exceeding state energy code requirements by 25 percent.                      Energy efficiency measures implemented during the design and construction of Terminal B include: A heat-reflecting cool roof High-efficiency boilers for space heating Energy-efficient evaporative cooling for baggage areas that also addresses air quality concerns Energy efficient LowE glass that blocks solar heat to reduce the use of air conditioning while allowing visible light to pass through Combination of dimmable fluorescent and LED lighting to take advantage of abundant daylight A combined heat and power co-generation plant that serves power needs and uses […]

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Airport provides music to travelers

Sacramento International Airport’s new Terminal B echoes with the sounds of local musicians this holiday season, with airport officials saying they want to add to the flying experience, especially since travelers are recommended to arrive earlier. “Under normal circumstances, we advise them to get here 90 minutes earlier,” said airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower. “For the holidays, we’re saying two to two and a half hours early because there are so many little stresses that can be alleviated if you get here early.” Travelers who haven’t been to the new terminal – which opened in October – should check the airport website to be sure they know where their airline is located. Anyone traveling with gifts might want to leave them unwrapped, as Transportation Security Administration officials may search the packages, and Slothower said snow globes are another holiday item to be wary of, as they typically cannot be taken in carry-on luggage due to their liquid content. Bustling holiday traffic has a new soundtrack on Thursdays and Fridays – more harmonic than the typical footsteps, clacking luggage wheels and security announcements. A number of local musicians perform on the third floor of Terminal B Thursdays and Fridays, giving travelers on layovers – as well as people waiting to meet passengers – something to listen to before they jet off. For a schedule of all performers, […]

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New stores, eateries, entertainment await holiday travelers

Holiday travelers can enjoy new concessionaires, new restaurants and local entertainment in Sacramento International Airport’s (SMF) new Terminal B. At the same time, most airlines recently moved to new locations. A little bit of preparation and patience can help travelers have a stress-free experience at SMF this Thanksgiving and beyond. Passengers unfamiliar with the new Terminal B should allow extra time to find parking and to navigate unfamiliar surroundings. Airport officials recommend that travelers arrive two to two-and-a-half hours prior to departure. Aeromexico, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Horizon Airlines, Jet Blue and Southwest Airlines are located in Terminal B. Terminal A serves Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, United Airlines/United Express, and U.S. Airways. Parking at the airport is popular during the holidays. Hourly parking is available on level 1 of the parking garage ($31/day maximum) or the Hourly B surface lot ($29/day maximum). Daily parking is available at the parking garage on levels 2 through 6 ($19/day maximum) or the overflow lot next to the garage ($17/day maximum). For budget-minded travelers, the Economy lot is available for $9/day maximum. If you want to greet visitors from inside the terminal, live entertainers will be performing inside Central Terminal B from Nov. 18-23 and on Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 1-23. Musical performers include youth choirs, flautists, jazz vocalists, folk singers, and Mardi […]

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TSA adds full-body scanners to new terminal

Sacramento International Airport received the first wave of advanced imaging technology scanners – commonly called full-body scanners – after the opening of Terminal B earlier this month, and the rest should be installed by the end of November. The scanners, which each cost between $150,000 and $170,000 and are paid for by the Transportation Security Administration and are designed to detect both metallic and nonmetallic threats to security, namely explosives, according to TSA spokesman Nico Melendez. “The walk-through metal detectors do a great job finding metallic items, but they aren’t as effective at finding explosives,” Melendez said. “The threat as we know it is definitely explosives.” The new scanners use radiation to take a picture of a passenger, and according to the TSA, the radiation used on the scanners is significantly less than a cellphone transmission. Passengers going through security checkpoints must stand with their arms raised while the scanner takes an image of them, which is then displayed as a generic outline of a person. If the scanner picks up any “anomalies” on the person, a yellow box appears over that spot on the image. Those anomalies can be anything from a cellphone in a pocket to a bomb made of plastic explosives – which might not trigger a traditional metal detector. The detailed image of a person’s body is automatically processed by a […]

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Photos of Airport Terminal B Grand Opening

Here are more photos from Saturday night’s big celebration of The Big Build, the name of the Sacramento International Airport’s new Terminal B project: For more info CLICK HERE>>>

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Community Day gives locals a preview of airport’s new Terminal B

Sacramento International Airport’s new Terminal B opened to the public on Sunday to give locals a preview of the $1.03 billion project before it opens for air traffic on Oct. 6. Airport spokeswoman Karen Doron said nearly 4,500 people made reservations to observe the terminal’s new art and its elaborate design. “It’s beautiful,” said Merrilyn Hirsch, a 65-year-old retiree. “They really got their money’s worth.” Starting at 10 a.m., guests lined up to be the first to see the architectural feat. They were led onto the trains, called “people movers,” and brought from the terminal’s “land side” to the “air side.” The trains sped across the airport and went back and forth every two minutes, bringing more people with them. Once off-board, attendees were greeted by an array of new restaurants, stores, artwork and airport gates. Many of the shops and restaurants were open and packed with people. Among the restaurants were Sacramento favorites such as Jack’s Urban Eats, Cafeteria 15L and Esquire Grill. Many of these restaurants feature “patio” seating similar to their downtown counterparts. Much of the artwork is interactive. Guests can walk inside of Mildred Howard’s “The House Will Not Pass for Any Color but Its Own” to observe it from every angle. “Your Words are Music to Their Ears” by artists Po Shu Wang and Louise Bertelsen can be used to create music […]

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New airport Terminal B celebrates grand opening

More than 1,000 people attended a party Saturday that included Cirque du Soleil performers dancing with hoops, walking on stilts and performing acrobatics from 40-foot-long ribbons hanging from the rafters to celebrate the grand opening of the new Terminal B of the Sacramento International Airport. “We didn’t want to stand in the shadow of another city,” Hardy Acree, director of airports for Sacramento County Airport System, said Saturday. “We wanted to create our own identity here in Sacramento and with this, we certainly have.” The party – hosted by the architect and construction firms responsible for the terminal project, Corgan Associates and Turner Construction – was a grand spectacle with live music, food and wine, and gave members of the public a chance to explore the new terminal without buying an airline ticket. The celebration marked the long-awaited end of an 11-year, $1 billion-plus project, Acree said. The new 669,000-square-foot Terminal B features a modern steel and glass architecture with spacious waiting areas for the 19 new gates. The high-tech terminal includes more than 20 self check-in ticketing kiosks along with four baggage claim rotundas. The main difference between Terminal A and the new Terminal B is that arrivals and departures are on separate levels in the new terminal, making it more convenient for people to drop off and pick up travelers. “This will now […]

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