Construction continues on the 9-gate expansion with LEED Silver Certification as a goal for the completed terminal expansion project. Another crane can be spotted as roof replacement work begins on the west side of the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
9-gate expansion aims for LEED Silver certification
With the goal of obtaining a LEED Silver certification on the completed structure, construction continues for the foundation, utilities, slab on grade and concrete precast for the Austin airports 9-gate expansion project.
LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environment Design certification issued by the U.S. Green Building Council and certifies that buildings are resource efficient in all phases of a project. This includes reduction of pollution from construction activities, disposal and recycling of building materials, water efficiency usage, using regional resources, new technologies and energy-efficient building designs, while addressing energy use reduction and using renewable energy sources.
Additionally, enhancements for sustainability improvements include:
Divert 75 percent of the demolition waste to other recycle streams with the Waste Management and Diversion plan
Intelligent water fixtures and recycling collection areas
Natural light usage versus artificial with floor-to-ceiling windows and high-performance glazing for terminal and new concessions areas
Reflective rooftops to minimize heat absorption and to reduce air conditioning needs
Using lighting, energy-efficient equipment and HVAC quality systems
Equipping primary entrances to trap dust and debris from foot traffic, a large contributor to indoor air pollution.
Contractors on the 9-gate expansion include designer Gensler and builder Hensel-Phelps. The terminal expansion is slated to open in 2019.
Recently the Consolidated Rental Car Facility earned a Silver LEED certification at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Rental Car Facility is one of three projects with LEED certification, joining the security checkpoint and taxi staging facility.
Since 2011, the Barbara Jordan Terminal has been powered by Green Choice, electricity generated by wind power. Green Choice also provides power to air condition jets at the gate and to 30 airfield vehicles.
Roof replacement begins on Barbara Jordan Terminal
As part of the overall terminal improvement plan the roof of the Barbara Jordan Terminal, built in 1999, is being replaced in phases. Phase I of the new roof installation has begun on the west end of the concourse near Gate 23 and will work back to the east. A crane will be visible as contractors continue to work through September to replace the terminal roof.