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Orlando International Airport Achieves Benefits of Sustainability

Written by: George Pond

Orlando International AirportAn article in the Orlando Sentinel the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s (GOAA) success with sustainability at Orlando International Airport (MCO).

In many ways, MCO can be compared to a city:

  • Population 122,000 (104,000 daily passengers; 18,000 workers)
  • 7,200 cars
  • Three fire stations
  • 52 restaurants
  • 66 stores

If the airport were an actual city, it would be Florida’s second largest. During summer months, power bills run as high as  $1.8 million. At that scale, energy-efficiency offers massive savings.

The article cited a range of sustainability achievements in 2014 at MCO:

  • Lighting has been updated with upwards of 100,000 energy-saving LED bulbs.
  • Water usage was reduced by 20 million gallons between 2010 and 237 million gallons in 2014 from 257 million gallons in 2010. Also in 2014, airport workers recycled 3.6 million pounds of glass,
  • 3.6 million pounds of materials were recycled rather than discarded in 2014.

ecoPreserve coordinates LEED certification at MCO Expansion

ecoPreserve’s green construction experts are heading up the LEED team at Phase 1 of a $1.8 billion expansion at Orlando International Airport (MCO). The expansion will more than double MCO’s current size. The large additions to the Airport include the South Terminal and a 200,000 square foot Intermodal Terminal Facility / Automated People Mover Hub.

Airport Initial Phase
Phase 1 includes the Intermodal Terminal and first South parking garage

The first phase transit facility, slated to open in 2017, will initially serve the All Aboard Florida train that will run from the Airport to Miami and will link with the SunRail, Central Florida’s commuter line. The transit facility will also act as the main connection point for Lynx Bus service, taxis, and rental cars, as well as provide covered parking with 2,400 new spaces. The building will be connected to the existing Terminal via a people mover being built by Mitsubishi.

ecoPreserve’s role is unique to this project, as this is one building was split into two projects with two different general contractors:

  • SA APM & Parking Garage – CMAR Hensel Phelps
  • Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) – Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture

Looking ahead

Airport Buildout

Future phases will bring in more parking garages as well as C & D terminals

The project team is working towards LEED Certification for New Construction using the v4 rating system. This is a bold feat in the Airport community and is one of the largest LEED v4 projects underway in the U.S. Many aspects of the construction are being carefully regulated; waste management, material selection and education are critical performance measures and are consistently tracked with over 90% diversion from landfill.

The project team has an active green team that meets weekly to discuss progress and opportunities for improvement. Green building practices run deep at GOAA, which has been highlighted in the recent public release of the Sustainability Management Plan. The plan demonstrates GOAA’s commitment to green buildings in construction and all operations.