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Historic $900 Million Green Build Expansion Opens
at San Diego International Airport

Features Include 10 New Gates, Dual-Level Roadway, New Dining/Shopping Options and Expanded Security Checkpoint

SAN DIEGO – August 13, 2013 – The Green Build expansion at San Diego International Airport opened to passengers today, marking the completion of the largest project in the airport’s history. The Green Build was completed on schedule and is expected to be $45 million under budget.

Key features of The Green Build include:

  • 10 new gates to reduce terminal congestion and provide expanded, more comfortable passenger waiting areas; highlights include new seating equipped with built-in cup holders, electrical outlets and USB ports
  • Dual-level roadway to relieve curb-front traffic congestion by separating arriving and departing passengers

  • Enhanced curbside check-in, allowing passengers to print boarding passes, check baggage and view gate information at one of 27 easy-to-use curbside kiosks or 32 airline/Skycap counter check-in positions before entering the terminal

  • New security checkpoint with more security lanes to improve flow of passengers through the terminal, keeping lines and security wait times down; up to 12 lanes can be opened during peak travel periods, as needed, increased from six

  • New 25,000 square-foot ticket lobby, with 32 airline counter check-in positions and 10 self-service kiosks
  • Expanded, 9,200 square-foot concessions area called Sunset Cove, where passengers can relax before their flights and take in views of the airfield and Point Loma

  • More dining and shopping options, including Saffron, Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar, Seaside Stack Shack, Qdoba, Red Mango and Tommy V’s Pizzeria, located in Sunset Cove. Other shops and restaurants in the terminal expansion include Warwick’s of La Jolla, Pannikin Coffee & Tea, Brooks Brothers, Swarovski, PGA Tour Shops, Stone Brewing Co. and Phil’s BBQ

Called “The Green Build” due to the Airport Authority’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, as well as positive economic impact, the project created a role for 7,000 workers, including local, small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses. A positive outcome of the Airport Authority’s aggressive small business outreach program was that more than $415 million in contracts were awarded to local businesses, with $118 million going to small businesses.

“The Green Build takes San Diego International Airport to a new level,” said Thella F. Bowens, president/CEO of the Airport Authority. “We’re excited for travelers to experience all of the benefits of the expansion, which will make their traveling experience easier and less stressful. And we’re proud of the economic benefit this project brought to the region, including construction jobs and work for local businesses. The Green Build was a huge success all around.”

The Green Build is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council—a testament to the airport’s commitment to sustainability—and may achieve LEED Gold. Official LEED status is currently under consideration and is expected by mid-2014.

The Green Build was funded by user fees, airport revenue bonds, airport cash and FAA grants. The project is expected to finish $45 million under budget at a total cost of $907 million—$820 million for the project and the remainder in financing costs. A portion of the savings was the result of the Airport Authority’s two successful bond sales. The organization was able to secure significantly low true interest cost of 3.92% (2013) and 4.38% (2010), saving millions over the life of the bonds.


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The following shops and restaurants are located in The Green Build terminal expansion.

Artisan Market Apricot Lane Boutique
Beaudevin…All the Beauty of Wine Be Relax Spa
Bubbles Seafood and Wine Bar Best Buy Express
Camden Food Co. Brighton Collectibles
Einstein Bros Bagels Brooks Brothers
Pannikin Coffee & Tea Brookstone
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Red Mango Kids Love San Diego
Ryan Bros Coffee Lindbergh Field News
Saffron PGA Tour Shops
Seaside Stack Shack Sound Balance
Starbucks Sunglass Hut
Stone Brewing Co. Stellar News
Tommy V's Pizzeria Swarovski
Urban Crave Warwick's of La Jolla

“Our Board recognizes that sometimes we have to pay more in the short-term to create a project that is more sustainable and cost-effective over the long-term. The Green Build demonstrates our commitment to stewardship, from recycling construction materials to installing solar panels to reducing energy and water usage. As a result, the project should earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.”
– Robert Gleason, Board Chair, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
“We are extremely proud of the opportunities we created for San Diego’s small business community to work on The Green Build during a down economy. This project put people back to work with $118 million dollars in contracts awarded to small businesses.”
– Bruce R. Boland, Board Member and Capital Improvement Program Oversight Committee Chair, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

“The improvements allow us to operate the airport much more efficiently now. We’ve reduced airfield congestion during peak morning hours with additional aircraft parking. We’ve reduced terminal congestion with 10 new jet gates. We’ve reduced vehicle congestion in front of the terminal with the dual-level roadway. And we’ve sped up the time it takes to get through security with increased security lanes.”
– Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

“Kiewit/Sundt is proud to have been a partner on the award-winning Green Build program. The many successes and awards did not come without strong leadership from all team members. The Green Build program should be a model for other public agencies to follow.”
Mike Lowe, Project Director, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

“It’s extremely rewarding to work with a client who is as experienced and sophisticated as the Airport Authority. Our joint venture team, working with the Airport Authority, has created a world-class product we are all very proud of.  These new facilities will be crucial for the economic expansion of our region, especially tourism, which is such a large industry for San Diego.”
 – Richard Bach, Senior Vice President, Turner Construction Company
“Every member of this team brought a high level of expertise, cooperation and standard for excellence. The outstanding partnerships we created are reflected in the quality of our work product. I believe San Diegans and our visitors will appreciate the new world-class facilities we built for our world-class city.”
Dan McGuckin, Operations Manager, San Diego, Turner Construction Company
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