Construction of the AirTrain Upgrade and Extension Project has been completed at San Francisco International Airport. Skanska USA, the company that led the $ 172 million project, began work on the AirTrain in 2016. The project facilitated connection between all terminals, the airport hotel, parking lots, BART station and car rental center. . Since transportation to long-term parking lots was previously provided by a shuttle, this move is expected to extend the AirTrain’s guidance tracks by 1,900 feet and eliminate 600,000 miles of trips per year. LEED Gold has been awarded to the two AirTrain stations carried out as part of the project certifications of the US Green Building Council.
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From the start, the project team coordinated with the management of the rental car facility and airport officials to consider any potential issues as the concepts developed into buildable specifications and shaped the design elements of the extension. According to company officials, sustainable construction and design elements were prioritized at every stage of the project. This has resulted in the implementation of over 50 sustainable practices, including; installation of a large solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of the SFO long-term parking garage with 2,700 photovoltaic panels that generate approximately 40% of the stations’ annual energy needs, recycling more than three-quarters of construction debris and demolition, purchasing construction products and materials that meet stringent LEED volatile organic compound (VOC) emission criteria to reduce indoor chemical contaminant concentrations, and selecting construction products and materials from manufacturers that transparently disclose information on the environmental lifecycle of products to reduce global environmental impact.
âThe completion of the AirTrain long-term parking extension has materialized our vision to provide a transparent and clean energy connection between all of our terminals, car parks, hotels and car rental facilities. At the same time, the project continued our tradition of industry leadership in the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings. This LEED Gold certification is a tribute to the dedicated project team who turned this vision into reality, âsaid airport manager Ivar C Satero.
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