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An artist’s rendering shows what Sunset Cove at Lindbergh Field is expected to look like when construction is complete.

About a year from now, San Diego’s Lindbergh Field will have a fully functional Terminal 2 and improved access to the entire facility. Construction work to expand the airport is more than 50 percent complete.

Dubbed the Green Build for its many sustainable features, the project is undergoing completion of the 21,000-square-foot Central Receiving and Distribution Center on the north side of the airport, which will bring all airport deliveries to one location.

“The Central Receiving and Distribution Center will be an integral part of the airport’s future,” said Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, in a statement. “It will make the airport run more efficiently, more securely and keep trucks off busy Harbor Drive. It’s a benefit for both the airport and the community.”

The center will feature state-of-the-art technology that integrates the entire terminal complex, and products will be received, vetted and consolidated into environmentally friendly delivery trucks that will use the service road on the airfield to distribute items to the secure side of the terminals.

This procedure is expected to remove 50-70 truck trips per day on Harbor Drive and Laurel Street. The Distribution Center is more than 75 percent complete.

Also ongoing on the Green Build is the design of a new facility to consolidate car rentals. The project involves building a single common bussing operation that will transport the travelers between the passenger terminals and the car rental facility.

The consolidated rental car center will be a 17-acre area on the northeast quadrant of the airport that will have four levels and 5,000 vehicle spaces. A dedicated elevated roadway will access the facility.

What still needs to be completed is the dual-level roadway and transit plaza, work in the terminal, and converting the current NTC parking lot to an airfield.

On July 27, the short-term parking lot in front of Terminal 2 opened and now provides 700 parking spaces for travelers. The partial reopening of the parking lot took place two months ahead of schedule. When the entire Green Build is complete, 600 more parking spaces will open.

Another milestone was reached on May 19 when crews worked from 10:30 p.m. on May 18 to 5 a.m. the next day to install two pedestrian sky bridges in front of Terminal 2. The bridges will connect a dual-level roadway to the terminal as part of the Green Build Terminal 2 expansion program.

The bridges were assembled on-site and then moved into position by trailer.

In the last 12 months, work has begun on the dual-level roadway and check-in pavilions. Baggage tunnels have been completed, baggage conveyor system screening machines have been installed, and public art installations have begun.

In addition, the enclosure of Terminal 2 and installment of the glass windows for Sunset Cove have been completed. Now the interior finishes for walls, ceilings and floors are being completed.

Once the Green Build is finished completely, there will be 10 new gates to Terminal 2, along with a dual-level roadway for curb-front arrival and departures, a "smart curb" to allow faster passenger check-ins, six more security lines, and an expanded concession area.

The project is also on track to receive LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Green Build is a $1 billion project — $865 million goes toward actual construction and $135 million goes toward financing costs. It is being completed as a joint venture between Turner Construction, PCL Construction Services Inc. and Flatiron Construction Corp., along with Kiewit Pacific Co. and Sundt Construction Inc.

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