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San Diego International Airport

Terminal 2 West Expansion

In 2009, Intellient signed on for “The Green Build,” the largest improvement project in the history of San Diego International Airport (SAN). The $1 billion project helped the airport meet existing and future travel demand while simultaneously improving its customer service offering.

Intellient led the development of 13 major airport systems for the project’s Terminal 2 West Expansion, which included both land-side and air-side improvements.

Project Details

The land-side expansion consisted of approximately 470,000 square feet of public and nonpublic areas. It totaled three stories to provide space for airline support services such as airline check-in, security screening, and baggage handling. It also designated space for passenger circulation, seating and waiting areas, concessions food court space, public art, restrooms, office space, and special technology systems. These features allowed for improved airline support and expanded comfort for passengers moving through the airport.

The air-side expansion consisted of approximately 1,300,000 square feet, and it afforded ten additional contact aircraft gates and a dual-level roadway for arrivals and departures to Terminal 2.

Services Provided

Throughout the course of the project, Intellient provided the following services:

Technology Systems

Design Services

  • Stakeholder Coordination
  • IT Governance Policy Adherence
  • Systems Planning, Validation, and Assessment
  • Site Surveys
  • System Interface Design
  • Design Engineering/Design Assist
  • Documentation/ CAD Services
  • Technical Specifications Development
  • Master Systems Integration (MSI) Planning
  • Network Architecture
  • Systems Responsibility Matrix Development
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Systems GMP Costing
  • System Interface Design

Technology Systems

Delivery Services

  • Master Systems Integration (MSI) Delivery
  • Program/Project Management
  • Construction Management/Administration
  • Schedule Management
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)
  • Project Controls
  • Construction Scope Document Development
  • Bid Review/Recommendation
  • Vendor Management
  • Procurement
  • Delivery/Implementation Management
  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
  • Commissioning
  • Operational Readiness and Transition (ORAT)
  • Training
  • Airline Relocation Coordination
  • TSA Security Systems Coordination

Associated Systems

The major systems components included Telecommunications/Information Systems, Physical Security Systems, and Airport Operational Systems.

Telecommunications/Information Systems

  • Telecom Room/Server Room Build-Out
  • Premise Distribution System (Structured Cabling)
  • LAN/WLAN/Wi-Fi
  • Telephony/VoIP
  • Paging System (PAS)
  • Audio/Visual

Physical Security Systems

  • Access Control
  • CCTV
  • Breach Management
  • Perimeter Intrusion
  • 700MHz Radio

Airport Operational Systems

  • Building Automation/Building Management (BAS/BMS)
  • Distributed Antenna (DAS)
  • Fire Alarm/Mass Notification-PAS Interface
  • Parking Revenue Control (PRCS)
  • Dynamic Signage

Project Results

The Green Build project was completed in 2013, on time and under budget. In 2014, SAN was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for The Green Build’s terminal expansion, making SAN Terminal 2 the first LEED Platinum certified commercial airport terminal in the world. Today, Terminal 2 is 32 percent more energy efficient than the industry standard requirements.

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