Flying High

Flying High


The pressure to meet growing demands for air service capacity is driving airport owners to consider innovative ways to rapidly deliver airport construction projects. San Diego International Airport faced that challenge, having little room to grow and needing to increase efficiency within the space it had – quickly. The airport authority embarked on a $1 billion upgrade to its facility, including a $227 million landside modification project performed by Sundt and a joint venture partner.
The project included a 1,300-foot elevated departure roadway with Smart Curb check-in, Transit Center, a 16,100-square-foot combined United Service Organizations (USO) – the largest airport USO facility in the nation ­– and Parking Management Office, and improvements to access roads and parking areas.
The high-profile, high-visibility project is a cornerstone of the greater San Diego community. In addition to being completed on time and under budget, the project team also:
• Set the bar high for small and disadvantaged business participation, achieving 34 percent participation by this demographic. The team developed a program to engage and mentor the small and disadvantaged businesses to help them grow and promote long-term success.
• Earned LEED Gold® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, exceeding the airport authority’s requirement for Silver.
• Opened the short-term parking lot 70 days ahead of schedule, allowing the airport authority to collect critical parking revenue fees earlier than they expected.
• Mitigated impacts to the public, including an impressive operation to install two pedestrian bridges overnight and only close the roadway below for a matter of hours.


San Diego County Regional Airport Authority


San Diego International Airport Landside Modifications