San Diego International Airport – Expanding to Meet Demand

Eighteen million passengers pass through San Diego International Airport each year—a number projected to increase to as much as 33 million by 2030. With that increase, the airport is celebrating the largest expansion in its 81-year history with a $1-billion "Green Build" program. Green Build projects include 10 new jet gates at Terminal 2 West, expanded dining and shopping options, as well as terminal, roadway, parking, and airfield improvements.
A computer rendering of the "green" expnasion of the San Diego International Airport.

As the name of the project suggests, it will incorporate sustainable design principles and is targeted to receive a LEED® Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council upon completion in 2013.


Often on projects of this size and scope, construction companies team up to deliver the services required by the client. The Green Build project is a perfect example of construction companies working together. PCL has teamed up with Turner Construction and Flatiron in a joint venture to work on the expansion of the Terminal 2 West building and air side (the runway side of the new terminal building).

The scope of work for the Turner/PCL/Flatiron contract includes construction of a three-story, 10-gate expansion of Terminal Two containing a ticket lobby, airline check-in, security screening, baggage handling, seating areas, concessions, and support space. Also included is approximately 1.5 million square feet of new taxiway and jet parking.


The project is being developed using a progressive design-build delivery method that will enable close collaboration between the Airport Authority and the joint-venture partnership. The progressive design-build approach is allowing construction to start even while the highly specialized design is still in progress.

The San Diego Airport Authority has a major focus to involve local contractors and vendors wherever possible to make this project a community effort. While smaller local firms would normally not have the means to bid on the project as a whole, some of the work is being packaged into smaller scopes and the joint venture partners are ensuring that these firms can participate in the project.

The end result will be a landmark project for San Diego: built for, and by, the local community.