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Airport Infrastructure Development​​ Awards


 Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Boarding Area B Infrastructure Development, San Francisco International Airport 

The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 is the first airport terminal in the world to earn “Platinum” certification using the latest standards from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, LEED v4, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

PHL Remain Overnight Apron, City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation 

The City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation installed a 58,000 square foot Remain Overnight aircraft parking apron which showcases an innovative material made from 100% post-consumer curbside recycled glass containers, Ultra Lightweight Foamed Glass Aggregate (ULFGA). The RON aircraft parking apron project included 90,000 cubic yards of ULFGA, the largest amount utilized in any project in North America to date. This translates to the reuse and repurpose of 85 million glass bottles. The ULFGA product reduced delivery haul trips by 85%, reducing the typical number of hauls from 7,000 to only 1,000. The product was just manufactured just 6 miles away from the airport, which helped to reduce the carbon footprint of the project, minimize air pollutants from truck delivery trips and support the local economy. ​

Portland International Airport Concourse E Extension Infrastructure Development, Port of Portland​ 

The expansion of Concourse E features 84% FSC-certified wood, 99% construction waste recycling, and a LEED Gold certification.

Runway 5R - 23L Infrastructure Development, Indianapolis Airport Authority 

This runway includes the first-ever FAA approved airfield project using in-situ carbon dioxide (CO2) mineralization technology, reducing the Project’s total embodied carbon emissions by 15%, a small-scale microgrid consisting of a 1,000-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery storage, LED lighting upgrades, and multiple community outreach initiatives to support local artists and disadvantaged businesses

SDF Next Program - Geothermal Infrastructure Development, Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport 

The SDF Next Geothermal Infrastructure Development is the largest geothermal HVAC system of any airport across the United States. The new 648 well, 500-foot-deep geothermal HVAC system project and other project upgrades at SDF include additional benefits beyond simple energy reduction: a healthier and more comfortable environment for travelers, increased air quality in the terminal, 80% carbon footprint reduction, $400,000 in heating and cooling costs saving annually, less maintenance required overtime, and room available for future system expansion to grow with the airport’s needs.​

The New SLC Infrastructure Development, Salt Lake City Department of Airports 

The New SLC is the first new large-hub airport to be built in the United States in the 21st Century. Construction began in 2014 and incorporated many systems that facilitate sustainable operations. These include light rail connections to encourage mass transit options, a 96% reuse or recycle rate of construction waste, mandatory requirements for eGSE, daylight optimized designs, and energy saving modes used in baggage and walkway systems.

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Airport Infrastructure Development​​ Awards


 Integrated Operations Center, Dallas Fort Worth 

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.

 SFO AirTrain Project, San Francisco International Airport 

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.

 ​​PIT Microgrid, Allegheny County Airport Authority​ 

​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.



 Airport Economic Development & Revitalization Project, Greater Rochester International Airport 

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.




 Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority, Merritt Island Airport - Runway 11/29 Safety Area Improvements - Sustainable Infrastructure Development 

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.



 Denver International Airport, Hotel and Transit Center Project​​ 

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.​

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport/Wayne County Airport Authority, Reconstruction of Runway 4L-22R and Associated Taxiways 

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 Int. Airport, Solar Energy Generation Project & Parking Garage Maintenance Program 

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.

 Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Solar Farm Project 

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.



 San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2 Expansion 

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.

 Portland International Jetport, Terminal Expansion 

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.



 San Francisco International Airport, Sustainability Guidelines for Planning, Design, and Construction 

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.​

 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, PHX Sky Train™ 

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.



​​ ​Port of Portland, LEED® Platinum Certified Headquarters Building 

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.​



​​​Denver International, Airport Photovoltaic Power Installations

​​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.

​​ Source: Award Nomination Submittal​s