Orlando International Airport Achieves Benefits of Sustainability

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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 2014.to 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.

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The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

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Business and government organizations today are confronted by threat categories that range from drought to flood, from fire to hurricane, and extend globally to pandemics and sea level rise. Threat categories are broad and diverse, but ecoPreserve and collaborating organizations design resiliency tools for specific local context.

Local needs are identified and verified. Building from that essential understanding, tools are designed, tested in pilot programs, refined, then implemented through action plans.

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ecoPreserve collaborates with major community and private organizations in optimizing the resiliency and resource efficiency of their workplaces, venues, and public spaces.

In response to ever-increasing environmental, sociopolitical, and public health challenges, we advocate for and participate in assessment and planning actions that directly address disaster preparations, recovery activities, infrastructure improvements, and smart building/city design.

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Often an event is held for skill and knowledge development, but some needs of an organization or community are better resolved through collaboration to identify requirements and to design solutions. A range of Disaster Resilience workshops are available for solutions planning and development, as well as for training and communication.

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  • Identify technical and business process gaps
  • Define stakeholders, recovery teams, and processes/functionalities necessary for operation
  • Highlight missed expectations from a data loss and recovery time perspective
  • Address compliance with regulatory agencies and industry standards
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Facility Condition Report

The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:

  • PHYSICAL CONDITION
    • General condition of the building, grounds, and appurtenances
    • Physical deficiencies, their significance, and suggested remedies
    • Photographs
    • Safety issues observed
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPREAD POTENTIAL
  • OPPORTUNITIES
    • Potential operating efficiencies
    • Electricity and water use reductions
    • High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting
  • ORDER OF MAGNITUDE RENOVATION BUDGET
    • Recommended interior finishes
    • Construction costs

Risk Mitigation Improvements

  • IAQ
    • Airflow
    • Temperature and humidity
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC EQUIPMENT
    • Settings
    • Conditions
    • Capability
    • Filtration
  • FLOORPLAN
    • Traffic patterns
  • FURNISHINGS
    • Placement for social distancing
    • Clear barriers where social distancing is not possible

Interior Elements

  • Foundation
  • Building frame and roof
  • Structural elements
    • Floors, walls, ceilings
    • Access and egress
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC equipment and ductwork
  • Utilities
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
  • Safety and fire protection

Grounds and Appurtenances

  • Façades or curtainwall
  • Topography
  • Storm water drainage
  • Paving, curbing, and parking
  • Flatwork
  • Landscaping
  • Recreational facilities
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AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

An OPTIMIZED Assessment

Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.

Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.

How should a facility be ASSESSED?

A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.

The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.