Currently under way at the San Diego International Airport is the Green Build, the largest construction project in the airport’s history. A $1 billion project, the Green Build is essential in supporting this nearly 100 percent anticipated increase in airport traffic over the next 20 years. Long term, the project is critical in supporting San Diego’s thriving hospitality, technology, and science industries.
Set to open later in 2013, the Green Build, designed by HNTB Architects and Tucker Sadler Architects, will include a three-story, 460,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2.
New features will include 10 new gates, a dual-level roadway, enhanced curbside check-in with easy-to-use kiosks, twice as many security lanes, an expanded concessions area, and 1.5 million square feet of new taxiway and jet parking. The project’s construction, which began in 2009, is scheduled to be complete on time and on budget.
Key to the construction success has been the joint venture partnership of Turner Construction Company, PCL Construction Services, Flatiron Construction Corp. and their efforts to reach out to small and local businesses.
“The small businesses that have contributed to this project have been remarkable,” said Dale Kain, vice president and district manager for PCL Construction Services. “Not only do these regional businesses support our local economy, they help make this milestone project a true reflection of San Diego, and its diverse and highly capable work force.”
At peak construction, the Green Build created well over 1,000 jobs. Several contracts totaling $107 million have been awarded to small businesses, and contracts totaling $369 million have been awarded to local businesses. In fact, the development teams have specifically tailored the construction packages for smaller local companies. This allows local contractors to deliver a great project to the San Diego County community that is built by the people and companies who live and do business in the region.
Thella Bowens, president and ceo of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said that the construction teams have, “blanketed the county to find every possible vendor that could provide some value to the project. A huge percentage of the project really is going toward local and small businesses, which is very important in this economy to our community as well as to our board.”