As the largest improvement project in the airport’s history, The Green Build helps meet the airport’s current and future demand for travel, while improving customer service and serving as an economic stimulus for the San Diego region. A $1 billion project that was completed on time and under budget, The Green Build created 1,000 jobs at peak construction. It opened for business on August 13, 2013.
Project highlights included:
On April 9, 2014, San Diego International Airport was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for The Green Build terminal expansion from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The award makes San Diego International Airport home to the first LEED Platinum certified commercial airport terminal in the world.
The Green Build was the largest project in the history of San Diego International Airport. Called “The Green Build” due to the Airport Authority’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, as well as its positive economic impact, The Green Build created approximately 1,000 jobs at peak construction and provided a number of contract opportunities for small businesses. Project highlights included:
The environment is a top priority for San Diego International Airport. In fact, SAN was one of the first major U.S. airports to implement a sustainability policy. The Green Build further supports SAN’s efforts to be environmentally friendly. The project was designed to achieve at least Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, using “green” design principles such as use of alternative energy sources, recycled materials and renewable resources, leading to decreased water usage and reduced energy consumption. Much construction material waste from the project, such as concrete, was being recycled and reused on site.
The Green Build was a $1 billion project completed on time and under budget. It adds to the airport’s economic impact; provided work for local, small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses; and created approximately 1,000 jobs at peak construction. Improvement projects such as The Green Build also ensure that the airport can continue to support the region’s vital industries, including tourism, technology and life sciences.
The Airport Authority is committed to providing business opportunities to local small businesses, including women- and minority-owned and disabled veteran businesses. In fact, the Authority has received awards from the San Diego Chapter of the American Subcontracting Association, Airport Minority Advisory Council, San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Federal Aviation Administration for its small business outreach efforts.
The Green Build helps ensure that SAN can continue to serve the region’s economy and vital industries, including technology, life sciences and tourism, in the years ahead. The Airport Authority is also exploring other options and alternatives to meet San Diego County’s air transportation needs for the next 30 years and beyond. Some of the options being studied include:
The Green Build was funded by user fees, airport revenue bonds, airport cash and FAA grants.
What improvements has the NTC Landfill contributed to The Green Build?
The Airport Authority navigated numerous hurdles to perform an innovative clean closure—under budget and on schedule—of a closed municipal solid waste disposal site on the airport property. The site was part of the Naval Training Center (NTC) San Diego and used as a municipal waste landfill from 1950–1971. The Airport Authority spent $45 million to clean up the NTC Landfill with minimal impact to the neighboring community throughout the process. This was Phase One of The Green Build.