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'The Green Build' utilizes leading-edge BIM technology

Building Information Modeling technology was used in the development of The Green Build.

"The Green Build," the largest construction project in the San Diego International Airport’s history, is nearly complete. Celebrating its grand opening Aug. 8, The Green Build includes a three-story, 460,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2. The project began construction in 2009, and will be completed on time and under budget.

The Green Build’s features 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 new facilities will offer state-of-the-art technology with substantially more room to reduce congestion at security checkpoints and gates.

Construction for The Green Build Terminal 2 expansion for the past several years posed unique challenges. The new building is attached to an existing structure. With the airport in use 24/7, construction crews had to engineer several creative solutions to complete their tasks and minimize disruptions to airport customers.

Crucial to the construction success of The Green Build was the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). This innovative technology allows engineers to build a project virtually before physical construction begins. The team is able to analyze impacts, work out problems and reduce uncertainty before the groundbreaking is even scheduled. Ultimately, it increases efficiency and can be a budget saver when problems are foreseen and worked out in advance.

The Green Build was completed by a joint venture partnership of Turner Construction Company, PCL Construction Services, and Flatiron Construction Corp. Key members of the construction team included small and local businesses. In fact, the development teams tailored the construction packages for smaller local companies. This allowed local contractors to deliver a great project to the San Diego County community that was built by the people and companies who live and do business in the region. This approach made the milestone project a true reflection of San Diego and its diverse work force.

“It’s extremely rewarding to work with a client who is as experienced and sophisticated as the Airport Authority. Our joint venture team, working with the Airport Authority, has created a world-class product we are all very proud of,” said Richard Bach, Turner San Diego senior vice president. These new facilities will be crucial for the economic expansion of our region, especially tourism, which is such a large industry for San Diego.”

A $1 billion project, The Green Build is essential in supporting a 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.


-Submitted by Turner-PCL-Flatiron Joint Venture.

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