The San Francisco International Airport is also getting on the “green” side as it undergoes a recent green makeover to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly. The $383 million green makeover, according to a report might change the future of air travel and how the industry works. SFO’s redevelopment project is designed by Gensler Architects, and called T2.
Another airport terminal modernization project in underway for the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama. The makeover and re-modernization aims to improve the safety and efficiency of the airport, while improving its exterior design and amenities.
The green makeover of the 640,000 square feet second terminal is projected to be the first airport terminal in the United States to be certified and received LEED certification from the U.S Green Building Council.
Upgrades included in the green makeover are expected to reduce the terminal’s CO2 emissions by 1,667 tons annually — an estimate, as well as to educate the airport’s visitors and travelers about green buildings.
An estimated of 6 million visitors come and goes in the airport annually.
Major green makeover features in the airport’s second terminal include energy-efficient lighting to reduce it’s energy consumption, 90 percent of the project’s demolition and construction materials were recycled, new low flow plumbing fixtures.
Renovation materials used in the airport are of recycled-content for its flooring, tiles and carpet to conserve original materials. The terminal also used low-emitting paints for a better indoor air quality.
The green makeover is expected to be completed before the airport’s re-opening on April 14, 2011.