Airports in Southern California, one of the nation’s most heavily populated regions, are building as much and as “green” as they can with limited space and tight budgets. Modernization projects at the San Diego, Long Beach and Los Angeles airports are requiring engineers to think creatively. Photo: Courtesy of Paragon Shuffling of L.A. airport facilities, including a new taxiway, is a complex puzzle. Rendering: Courtesy Of SUNDT San Diego airport’s outdoor ticketing and check-in lobbies will take advantage of the region’s year-round mild weather. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s $1-billion green-build program includes a 445,000-sq-ft expansion of Terminal
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.