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A Platinum Record

In 2014, San Diego International Airport became the first airport to receive LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

LEED, as many people know, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and in SAN’s case, recognizes the state-of-the-art sustainable design and construction that went into The Green Build terminal expansion.

LEED’s “Platinum” designation is the highest certification awarded by the USGBC.

The terminal portion of The Green Build includes the 460,000 square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 West and 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas. Turner/PCL/Flatiron served as the design/build contractor.

Just a few of the sustainable elements of the terminal and airside improvements include:

  • Solar panels, which will have the capability of producing one megawatt of electricity, or 12.5 percent of the terminal’s projected annual energy use.
  • A series of water conservation measures, including low-flow fixtures and drought-tolerant landscaping
  • Energy efficient lighting, HVAC controls and other equipment
  • A storm water pollution prevention system
  • Low volatile organic compound adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings to improve air quality.

The construction process was also designed with sustainability in mind. For instance, workers diverted 54,000 tons of construction material waste – virtually all of the waste generated – from landfills. Much of it was recycled or reused on site.

SAN completed the $820 million Green Build project on time and approximately $45 million under budget.

For more information about The Green Build, click here.