ACI-NA recognizes Austin-Bergstrom with carbon accreditation, the East Infill Project earned LEED Silver and the roadway ramp anchor drilling work continues. The Austin airport is now home to “Zeus,” one of the largest double-sided airport video boards in the country.
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was recently recognized as the 25th airport to join the Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) Airport Carbon Accreditation program for efforts to manage and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions, by achieving Level 1 Mapping status. This was achieved by creating an official environmental policy, calculating the carbon footprint, and enlisting third party verification.
The airport’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and incorporating sustainable principles also includes:
Using 100% Green Choice Energy – Wind power
Lowering the usage of fuels such as propane and diesel, and converting to electric
Using Green Seal products such as water based paints and cleaning products
Continuing to develop recycling and waste management programs
Using energy efficient construction, renovation and engineering designs.
Terminal East Infill Project earns LEED Silver
In September 2017, the airport’s East Infill Project earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating, by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The infill that opened as Checkpoint 1 in July 2015, created a new six lane security checkpoint, a new and improved Customs facility and two new luggage carousels.
LEED is the recognized standard for proving that a facility has met requirements in six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.
New suspended video board named “Zeus”
One of the largest double-sided Airport suspended video displays in the country is now at the Austin airport. Nicknamed Zeus, the high definition video board is approximately 16-feet wide by 10-feet tall, hanging 50-feet high over the concourse between Gates 9 and 10.
Operated by Clear Channel, the Zeus board is the center piece of the new advertising program and will also be used as a medium for special events at the airport.
Two similar video walls, each 33-feet wide and 6.5-feet tall, will be installed at the escalators that lead passengers down to baggage claim and ground transportation. This will double the size of current escalator video boards that also run Welcome to Austin messages.
Estimated to be completed in November, this will conclude the updates to the lighted display program at the airport. Other recently completed displays include the addition of:
Five (5) new 75-inch LCDs in bag claim
Four (4) lit tension fabric displays in bag claim.
Three (3) 86-inch LCDs and two 98-inch LCDs on the Barbara Jordan concourse
A refreshed reservation center near the Information Desk located at Bag Claim 2.
Anchor drilling to roadway embankment walls continue
Work continues to strengthen the roadway embankment ramps that lead to and from the upper-level and ticketing areas of the Barbara Jordan Terminal, with the drilling and installation of anchors. Contractors are installing 61 thru-tie anchors ranging from 40 to 60 feet in length. The thru-ties will be drilled through the walls of the ramp structure from one side to the other.
Twenty five soil nails, which are spaced reinforced bars or sections anchored to the soil to provide soil stability, will be drilled at an angle into the embankment. Some will extend into the soil at depths ranging from 2 to 5-feet below the structure. Passengers will continue to see traffic channeling devices guiding vehicles during the embankment strengthening project that is estimated for completion in early 2018.