An official ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of the Green Build expansion at San Diego International Airport, USA, on August 9. The Green Build is the largest project in the airport’s history and was completed on schedule at an estimated $45m under budget.
The ceremony was attended by hundreds of elected officials, past and present airport authority board members, business and community leaders and members of the construction team.
Thella F Bowens, President/CEO of the airport authority, commented: “Today was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the completion of this significant project and the economic benefit The Green Build brought to the region. So many people had a role in bringing this project to fruition, and not only the airport, but the region is a better place as a result.”
The project created jobs for 7,000 workers, including local, small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses. More than $415m in contracts were awarded to local businesses, with $118m going to small companies.
The Green Build is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, which is hoped to be confirmed by mid-2014.
It was funded by user fees, airport revenue bonds, airport cash and FAA grants. The project is expected to finish $45m under budget at a cost of $907m – $820m for the project and the remainder in financial costs.
The expansion will open fully to the travelling public on August 13.