San Diego Business Journal

Airport Green Build Project Earns LEED Platinum Status

By Lou Hirsh Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Photo courtesy of San Diego International Airport

Photo courtesy of San Diego International Airport

The newly expanded terminal and related upgrades at San Diego International Airport, completed last year in the $907 million Green Build project, have received Platinum certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Platinum is the highest designation in the program, geared to energy-efficient construction and renovation projects. Airport officials said San Diego International now has the world’s first LEED Platinum-certified commercial airport terminal.

The Platinum designation was awarded for the terminal portion of the Green Build, including a 460,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 West and 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas. The design-build contractor for the project was a joint venture of Turner Construction Co., PCL Construction and Flatiron Construction Corp.

Sustainable elements of the project included use of on-site solar panels, low-flow water fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, floor-to-ceiling windows and other features making use of natural light. More than 95 percent of construction material waste, about 54,000 tons, was recycled or reused on site during construction.

Dan McGuckin, operations manager for Turner Construction, said the new terminal is 32 percent more energy efficient than required under standard codes.

Airport officials said LEED Gold certification was achieved for the portion of the Green Build that included the terminal’s new dual-level roadway, curbside check-in and USO building. The design-build contractor for that portion was a joint venture of Kiewit Corp. and Sundt Companies Inc.

Officials said the overall Green Build was completed on time and approximately $45 million under its initial budget.