The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced Wednesday that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the airport two separate certifications for its Terminal 2 expansion — LEED Platinum for the terminal expansion portion and LEED Gold for the combination of the terminal's roadway system, it's new dual-level roadway and curbside check-in, and new USO building. The platinum certification makes Terminal 2 the world's first commercial airport terminal to have USGBC's highest LEED designation.
The $900 million Green Build expanded San Diego International Airport's Terminal 2 by 460,000 square feet and added 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas.
The project's design-build contractor team of Turner-PCL-Flatiron incorporated sustainable design features in the terminal expansion that included on-site renewable energy, low-flow water fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, use of natural light, a reflective roof and 10 gates with installed power and preconditioned air units to reduce needs for aircraft auxiliary power units.
Many similar features were incorporated on the roadway side of the project, under the design-build contractor team of Kiewit/Sundt, with other LEED-worthy features that included an electric vehicle charging station in the parking lot and the building of bioswales that allow for stormwater runoff to be re-used for landscape irrigation.
The terminal expansion project was completed at San Diego International Airport in summer 2013.