The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded the highest ‘green’ certification attainable to San Diego International, making it home to the first LEED Platinum certified commercial airport terminal in the world.
It was awarded the certification for 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.
Sustainable elements of The Green Build development included projects focusing on and improving water conservation, solar energy, energy conservation, stormwater prevention, and improved air quality.
The design and build contractor for the project was Turner/PCL/Flatiron, and the total cost was $907 million, and it was opened in August last year.
Thella F. Bowens, president and CEO of the Airport Authority, says: “We are excited to have the first commercial airport terminal in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
“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.”
Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chairman, of USGBC, explains the project demonstrates ‘tremendous green building leadership’.