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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:

  • 10 new gates to reduce terminal congestion and provide expanded, more comfortable passenger waiting areas
  • Dual-level roadway to relieve curb-front traffic congestion by separating arriving and departing passengers
  • Enhanced curbside check-in, allowing passengers to print boarding passes, check baggage and view gate information at an easy-to-use curbside kiosk before entering the terminal
  • More security lanes to improve flow of passengers through the terminal
  • Expanded concessions area providing more dining and shopping options


  • 2009 – Construction began on apron improvements, additional aircraft parking and new USO facilities
  • 2010 – Terminal construction began; portion of Terminal 2 parking relocated, Terminal 2 pedestrian bridges demolished
  • 2011 – All of Terminal 2 parking temporarily relocated; dual-level roadway construction begins
  • 2012 – Terminal and dual-level roadway construction continues; Terminal 2 parking lot reopened (700 spaces)
  • 2013 – New gates, facilities and roadway improvements opened to the public


The environment is a top priority for San Diego International Airport. In fact, SDIA was one of the first major U.S. airports to implement a sustainability policy. The Green Build further supports SDIA’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 SDIA 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:

  • Airport Development Program – The Airport Development Plan (ADP) is a process to identify the next phase of improvements that will enable SDIA to meet demand through 2035. The first two years of the process (2012- 2013) will generate a plan that considers the future of Terminal 1, redevelopment of the Teledyne-Ryan property, input to SANDAG as it plans for effective intermodal transportation facilities and creation of new non-aviation revenue opportunities.
  • Transit and off-airport roadway improvements – Plans are being developed in partnership with other agencies to improve the airport’s connections to the surrounding transportation network.
  • Beyond our borders – The Airport Authority is reaching out to neighboring counties and Mexico to explore more productive interaction between all airports in the Southern California region.


The Green Build was funded by user fees, airport revenue bonds, airport cash and FAA grants.


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Questions or comments? Email us at greenbuild@san.org or call our construction hotline at (619) 400-2288.

For more information, please visit www.san.org or e-mail greenbuild@san.org. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, P.O. Box 82776, San Diego, CA 92138-2776, Phone: 619.400.2400

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