The Envision Platinum Certification has been award to Skanska, lead partner in the Skanska-Walsh construction joint venture for the LaGuardia Airport Terminal B Redevelopment.
Envision recognizes projects that lead the industry in their approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure development. Envision Platinum is the highest level of recognition within ISI’s awards programme.
The LaGuardia Terminal B project – valued at $5.1 is the largest public-private partnership in US aviation history.
The redevelopment includes a new 35-gate terminal, a Central Hall, a parking garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure – all with innovative construction phasing, including building over-top of the current operation, to allow the terminal to remain fully functional while under construction.
Dual pedestrian bridges will span active aircraft taxi lanes and connect the main part of the terminal to two island concourses. Passengers will walk above aircraft as they make their way to their gate, all while enjoying views of the iconic Manhattan skyline. In addition, this island and bridge design will increase the taxi-way space for aircraft.
To qualify for the rigorous Envision Platinum certification, Skanska-Walsh demonstrated that its planning, design, and construction approach will deliver a range of social, environmental, and economic benefits to the local community – both during the life of the project and long into the future. The unique Public-Private Partnership (P3) structure of this project allowed Skanska to work closely with each of the project stakeholders – including: LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the Terminal B operator and developer, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, WSP, HOK and Vantage Airport Group, as well as the local community – to implement industry-leading sustainability features while maintaining an aggressive project schedule.
“As the first transportation agency to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, the Port Authority is committed to best practices in reducing its carbon footprint at the brand new LaGuardia Airport as well as our other facilities. Sustainable design and construction are critically important in our work to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases,” said Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority. “We are delighted with this recognition of the high bar the Port Authority has set for its sustainability efforts.”
In demolishing existing structures and building the new Terminal B and adjacent facilities, Skanska-Walsh has gone to great lengths to reduce waste and reuse and recycle materials to minimize the project’s environmental footprint.
Skanska-Walsh also reused groundwater pumped from excavations to make light weight concrete instead of tapping potable water sources. The Envision Platinum award also recognized Skanska-Walsh’s efforts to promote worksite safety and minimize noise, vibration, and other construction impacts on the local community.
New efficient fixtures and rain water harvesting will also allow for a 40% reduction in water use. Furthermore the new island concourses and roadway systems will create more efficient aircraft movement patterns as well as reduce traffic on local roads, thereby reducing fuel consumption by planes and cars and other vehicles. Lastly, major efforts have been made to design and build a resilient terminal including flood proofing and locating critical infrastructure above flood zones including projected sea-level rise.
This new framework evaluates projects across five categories and 64 sustainability criteria to produce a holistic view of the project’s commitment to leading edge, sustainable practices. This includes traditional factors, such as reducing emissions, recycling materials, and using renewable energy sources, as well as more holistic indicators of social and economic sustainability, such as minimizing construction impacts, providing employment opportunities for local residents, resilient design and improving mobility and access.
The new facility was also designed with sustainability in mind to help generate energy and water savings and reduce emissions once the project is complete. Skanska-Walsh is installing an advanced building management system that will allow LGP to monitor and optimize its performance. Design considerations such as new baggage handling system, sophisticated building envelope, solar water heaters, and large skylights and wall-to-ceiling windows that reduce the need for lighting will result in a 19% net energy savings when the project is complete. New efficient fixtures and rain water harvesting will also allow for a 40% reduction in water use. Furthermore the new island concourses and roadway systems will create more efficient aircraft movement patterns as well as reduce traffic on local roads.
This year, Fortune magazine ranked Skanska twentieth in its fifth annual “Change the World” list, which honors companies that use business tools to help the planet and tackle society’s unmet needs. Two major factors that led to Skanska’s inclusion were the company’s decision to align its sustainability strategy with the Paris international climate agreement and pursuit of the highest possible sustainability certifications for the LaGuardia Terminal B redevelopment and other infrastructure projects.