San Diego International Airport was awarded LEED Platinum — the highest energy and environmental certification possible — for its recent terminal expansion

The U.S. Green Building Council‘s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is considered the industry standard in defining and measuring green, sustainable construction.

Sunset Cove at Terminal 2. Photo courtesy of San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Sunset Cove at Terminal 2. Photo courtesy of San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

The San Diego airport is the first LEED Platinum-certified commercial airport terminal in the world

The certification covers the terminal portion of The Green Build, including the 460,000 square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 West and 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas. The design/build contractor for the project was Turner/PCL/Flatiron.

“We are excited to have the first commercial airport terminal in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification!” said Thella F. Bowens, president and CEO of the Airport Authority.  “A minimum of LEED Silver certification is the standard for all new construction projects at the airport, but platinum for a project of this significance exemplifies this organization’s deep commitment to sustainable building practices.”

“San Diego International Airport’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the Green Building Council.

Sustainable elements of the terminal and airside improvements include solar panels, low-flow water fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, energy-efficient or natural lighting, reflective roofs, special power for aircraft, special storm drainage and the use of low-volatile adhesives, sealants paints and coatings.

“From the outset, The Green Build was designed with an eye toward the environment,” said Dan McGuckin, operations manager for Turner Construction Co. “Not only were we able to reduce our environmental footprint during the construction process, but we’ve constructed a new terminal that will be 32 percent more energy efficient than the standard code.”

The $907 million Green Build project was completed on time and approximately $45 million under budget.

— From an airport press release

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.