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Dallas Fort Worth’s new Integrated Operations Center co-locates essential groups formerly operating out of disparate facilities into a single operations hub. The core of this hub houses the daily and emergency operations and have areas rated to withstand an EF-5 tornado. Some of the sustainable design elements include using local precast concrete, planting native, low-maintenance vegetation, incorporating the ability to retain all drainage from rainfall events, and the use of dynamic glass with sensors that maximize daylight, control glare, and dramatically reduce heat loads.
Two new AirTrain stations at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and long-term parking garages were awarded LEED Gold for Building Design and Construction under the LEED Version 4 framework. The project team implemented a stringent construction activity pollution prevention plan within the ISO 14001 framework to reduce pollution, used a life-cycle analysis to assess embodied environmental impacts, and installed photovoltaics in the long-term parking garage to provide renewable energy. Safety was held to an extremely high standard and achieved an impressive feat: 0 lost time accidents or COVID-19 cases over 377,000 staff hours.
In July 2021, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first major US airport to be powered by a microgrid. A microgrid contains independent electricity sources that can operate autonomously while maintaining an emergency connection to the traditional grid. The PIT Microgrid is powered by natural gas drilled on-site and solar generation. This microgrid consists of five natural gas-fueled generators and nearly 10,000 solar panels placed on an otherwise unusable piece of land: a capped landfill. These panels can produce more than 20 megawatts of electricity, the equivalent of powering more than 13,000 residential homes. The next phase of this project is currently under construction and will double the solar array to add an additional 10,000 solar panels.
The Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Project transformed and enhanced the airport's terminal, inside and out, with a focus on sustainability and innovation. The 4-part project covered Terminal Access, Airport Entrance Canopy, 21st Century Smart Terminal Renovations, and a Business Technology Incubator Study. The system incorporates a smart technology visual cue system for hearing impaired travelers - the first of its kind in the nation.
This runway safety area extension project took on the complex challenges of restoring and stabilizing an eroded, environmentally critical shoreline that supports both aviation use and the natural environment.
The Hotel and Transit Center (HTC) is a sustainably designed and community-oriented development project that seamlessly connects downtown Denver to a self-service transit center that sits directly below an LEED Platinum-certified Hotel, resort and conference center.
As the 2016 largest concrete airfield project in the United States, the 4L-22R and Taxiway reconstruction project implemented sustainability initiatives into an overall 6.5 miles of airfield pavement. Such initiatives included extensive storm water collection and reuse system, installation of LED lighting and the reuse of excavated runway materials.
Minneapolis-St. Paul produced two projects deserving recognition. First, the Solar Energy Generation Project supports solar infrastructure atop two parking structures that increased state-wide cumulative solar capacity by 20 percent and can generate nearly 20 percent of the airport's peak capacity supply. The second project utilized multiple Municipal Cleaning Vehicles instead of altering the parking garage drainage system, saving time and water while better managing pollution capture and prevention.
Recognized as the first of its kind in the South, Lakeland Regional Airport's 5.5-megawatt Solar Farm Project featured over 18,000 solar panels. This solar project added more that 9 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity annually and helps offset carbon emissions equivalent to 31,000 vehicles over a 25-year span.
In 2013, San Diego International Airport completed the largest improvement project in its history. The airport was awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This made San Diego International Airport the first LEED Platinum certified commercial airport terminal in the world.
The Portland International Jetport terminal expansion is a 137,000 square foot addition, with a new ticketing hall, security checkpoint, concessions, four new gates, airline ticketing offices, baggage make-up, and a new in-line baggage handling system. The terminal is a complete transformation, making it a new gateway to the State of Maine, known for environmental stewardship and the beauty of its coastal and woodland natural environments.
SFO's 2013 Planning, Design, and Construction (PD&C) Guidelines set standards for sustainable measures that “go beyond compliance" to exceed already strict sustainability regulations and provide innovative, environmentally conscious design for airports.
The PHX Sky TrainTM electric train seamlessly connects the airport's busiest terminal, surface parking, Valley Metro Light Rail, and bicycle routes, serving 10,000 visitors every day. It encompasses a quality-of-life component through extensive public art installations, as well as ease-of-use features such as bag check and boarding pass kiosks, providing users with a pleasant, efficient, and environmentally conscious alternative to driving to the airport.
Standing at 205,000 sq. ft., the Port of Portland's LEED Platinum certified Headquarters was recognized as one of the world's most high-tech green buildings. The headquarters feature a Living Machine water system which reuses wastewater by treating it onsite with plants and microorganisms for uses such as toilet flushing, an office cooling tower and a pool-like irrigation system that feeds plants in the lobby. The building also boasts two green roofs, a reflective membrane, day-lit offices, energy efficient lighting, materials from renewable and recyclable sources, water efficient fixtures, and a state-of-the-art geothermal heating system.
In 2011, Denver International Airport finished installing their third solar array. This array sits on roughly 12 acres of land and consists of 18,980 fixed-tilt photovoltaic solar panels. The panels have a power output rating of 4.4 megawatts (DC) that is expected to produce about 7 million kilowatt-hours per year of electrical energy.