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Have you visited SAN lately and noticed the construction?

Pardon our dust while we improve your airport! The Airport Authority is currently involved in two large capital improvement projects expected to improve your experience at SAN. By summer, you’ll be able to park in the new Terminal 2 Parking Plaza and travel in-style through our new international arrivals facility. What does this new infrastructure have in common? For one, both are green buildings!

Our Green Building Projects

What makes a building green you ask? At the airport, all new construction must meet LEED Silver standards. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a set of guidelines produced by the U.S. Green Building Council to ensure healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving buildings.  LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste and support human health. These buildings attract tenants, cost less to operate, and even boost employee productivity and retention.

At the airport the vast majority of waste produced from these construction and demolition (C&D) projects are directed to recycling facilities in the region—keeping materials out of the landfill. As a part of the Airport Authority’s Sustainability Policy, all new facilities on airport grounds recycle at least 90 percent of C&D waste. In 2017, these projects were able to divert 96 percent of C&D waste.

Some of the highlights for the new airport projects include a stormwater capture and reuse system and electric vehicle charging stations at the new Parking Plaza, and more than double the current passenger capacity and increased processing efficiency at the new international arrivals facility.

Our Green Buildings

The Airport Authority has been very successful in ensuring sustainable building practices. Some of our already-standing green buildings include: our Facilities Management Department building (Gold 2011), the Receiving and Distribution Center (Gold 2012), the Green Build Terminal 2 Expansion (Platinum 2014),the Fixed-Base Operator Complex (Platinum 2015),and the new Rental Car Center (Gold 2017).

The Airport Authority is constantly improving and upgrading infrastructure to ensure a comfortable, modern, and pleasant experience for passengers. All of the continuous changes and enhancements that we undertake increase the sustainability of the airport system as a whole and allow us to exhibit our environmental and social commitment to the community.

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