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Envisioning the future at SAN

Sustainability is a hallmark of operations at San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Monday, June 1, 2020

Envisioning the future at SAN Sustainability is a hallmark of operations at San Diego International Airport (SAN). In everything that we do, we are committed to sustainable practices and hold ourselves up to the highest industry standards. So it’s no surprise that with design continuing on a critical infrastructure project, the Airside Improvements Project, that we chose to work with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and apply their Envision rating system to the project. Brendan Reed, Director, Planning & Environmental Affairs, will be participating in a free ISI webinar on June 10 (you can register here) so we wanted to share a bit about the project, why it’s important, and our decision to use Envision. What is the Airside Improvements Project? The Airside Improvements Project is outlined in the Airport Development Plan (ADP) and focuses on our airside infrastructure, i.e., the aircraft parking and taxiway system connecting the terminal area to the runway. The Project consists of several elements that will improve the condition of existing pavement, enhance the Airport’s operational efficiency, and contribute to our stormwater management goals including:  
  1. Reconstruction of the Terminal 1 apron where aircraft will park, load, unload, and receive service, as well as construction of a new parking area for aircraft that remain overnight (RON) at SAN.
  2. Improvements to, and realignment of, existing Taxiway B, and construction of a new partial parallel Taxiway A, which will enable more efficient taxiing of aircraft from the apron to the runway helping to avoid flight delays and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. A system to capture and reuse stormwater runoff.

What is the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and their Envision rating system?

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is the organization that developed and manages Envision, a framework that encourages systemic changes in the planning, design, and delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure through education, training, and third-party project verification.

The Authority has committed to achieving a minimum of Envision Silver certification, with the goal of Envision Platinum. This would be the third Envision award for SAN, having been the first Airport to ever receive a Platinum level certification for its Terminal 2 Green Build in 2016 and Gold for its Terminal 2 Parking Plaza in 2019.

Why is the Airside Improvements Project and Envision rating system important?

The Airside
Improvements Project will allow the Airport to continue its role as a major asset to the transportation system, enhance the efficiency of the taxiway and apron system, and serve as a significant economic driver for the regional economy.

The Airport Authority has chosen to incorporate the Envision rating system at the earliest stages of planning because it allows us the ability to incorporate sustainable principles of efficiency, resourcefulness, and multi-benefit use which can have a significant cost savings.
As we collaborate with ISI on this critical infrastructure project, the Airport Authority is committed to sharing lessons learned and periodic updates. To learn more about our past and upcoming use of Envision, make sure you register for the free ISI webinar and follow the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority social media pages on Twitter and LinkedIn.