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San Diego International Airport’s Green Build Project

Location Information: San Diego County, California United States

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Project Type(s): Aviation

Project Owner/Agency: San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Budget: Over $10,000,000

Envision Rating: Not Rated


San Diego International Airport is the nation's busiest single-runway commercial airport, with 51 gates serving just under 18.8 million passengers in 2014. In the largest construction project in the airport's history, the Green Build Project significantly expanded the airport's Terminal 2 to add 10 new gates, a dual-level roadway, enhanced curbside check-in, more security lanes, and a larger concession area.

Triple Bottom Line

Economic: The project was completed on time and under its $1 billion budget while creating 1,000 jobs at peak construction. It provided work for local, small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses, ensuring the airport's support of the region's vital industries - tourism, technology, and life sciences.

Social: In addition to the 1,000 jobs created during peak construction, the new gates reduce terminal congestion and provide expanded passenger waiting areas. Dual-level roadway relieves curb-front traffic congestion. More security lanes improved flow of passengers through terminal and expanded concession area provided more dining and shopping options.

Environmental: The Green Build Project achieved a LEED Platinum certification for use of alternative energy sources, recycled materials and renewable resources; decreased water usage; and reduced energy consumption. Much of the construction material waste from the project, such as concrete, was being recycled and reused on site.

Innovative Aspects

The San Diego International Airport is the first airport in the world to receive certification in both the Envision rating system and LEED (Platinum for both). Construction material waste such as concrete was recycled and reused on site, and air emissions were minimized by using construction employee shuttles and low- and zero-emitting construction equipment whenever possible. Additionally, 78% of the 1,985 tons of C&D waste was diverted from landfills.

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