Airports

Snapshots of the projects noted below are in the following format:

  • Project / Location
  • Rating System / Award Level / 
    Date Certified
  • Spinnaker Services -- e.g., Consulting, Commissioning, Energy Modeling
  • Architect / Owner / Contractor
  • Square Footage


Miami Airport Automated People Mover System / Miami, FL 
LEED NC / Gold / 3/24/2012
Spinnaker Services: Consulting, Commissioning
Parsons Odebrecht / Miami Dade County / Parsons Odebrecht
411,007 sf

The Spinnaker Group provided LEED Consulting and Building Commissioning for this project, which achieved LEED Gold in 2012. The 411,007 sf "MIA Mover" is a light-rail automated people mover (APM) system which opened at the Miami International Airport in metropolitan Miami in September 2011. Designed to quickly transport landside passengers between Miami International Airport's Main Terminal and the Miami Intermodal Center, the MIA Mover is one of three separate automated people movers operating at the airport. Projected to transport 48,000 daily visitors by 2020, the MIA Mover construction utilized design-build methods and was paid for from a combination of revenue from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Capital Improvement Program and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Aviation Equipment and Services / Fort Lauderdale, FL
LEED NC / Gold / 6/30/2011
Spinnaker Services: Consulting, Commissioning, Energy Modeling 
City of Ft Lauderdale Engineering and Architecture / Charles Schweickert - Ft. Laud. / Gates
7,484 sf

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport / Fort Lauderdale, FL 
Spinnaker Services: Consulting 
Centex Rooney Construction Company
150,000 sf

The Spinnaker Group was contracted by Broward County through Program Manager URS to provide complete Building Commissioning Services at the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport, which serves more than 35 million commercial airline travelers and the general aviation community throughout South Florida. The $140 million Consolidated Car Rental Facility represented the largest construction management contract ever awarded in the county's history. Gary Glenewinkel, executive vice president and COO of Centex Rooney Construction Company, called the project "a landmark parking garage". Indeed, the project became the first Parksmart building in South Florida. Designed by Spillis Candela DMJM, the seven-story, cast-in-place concrete parking garage and car rental facility totals approximately 3.5 million sf, featuring 150,000 sf of lobby and customer service areas for use by the car rental companies serving the airport. This garage consolidates all of the airport's rental car operations in a single location and provides additional public parking. An onsite Rental Car Center (RCC) offers 12 car rental companies and more than 5,400 rental cars. The RCC is a short walk from Terminal 1 or visitors can take a shuttle ride from the other terminals. The first floor of the garage includes approximately 130 fuel dispensers, 150,000 gallons of fuel-storage capacity, several car washes and vehicle maintenance areas. The facility also features 14 elevators and six sets of escalators. The Spinnaker Group commissioned all systems in the facility including Life Safety, Building Automation, HVAC, Fueling Systems, Smoke Removal and Pressurization, Electrical and all communication systems.

MIA Baggage Handling System / Miami, FL 
Projected for LEED Silver
Spinnaker Services: LEED Consulting on Contractor Credits 
Parsons-Odebrecht 

The Spinnaker Group provided LEED Consulting on Contractor Credits for Miami International Airport’s new state-of-the-art, fully automated baggage handling system. The new $324-million system, funded in part by a $101.2-million grant from the TSA, doubled the speed and efficiency of baggage screening and delivery for flights in MIA’s Central and South terminals. The new facility, which began its first phase of operations in July 2019, can screen and transport more than 7,000 bags per hour - double the capacity of the previous two separate and outdated systems for concourses F, G, H and J. The system features a conveyor belt with a total length of nine miles and 12 CTX 9800 explosives detection system machines. The project is expected to achieve LEED Silver designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

FLL Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport / Fort Lauderdale, FL
Spinnaker Services: Consulting, Commissioning, Energy Modeling
Gresham Smith / Corgan
1,493,230 sf

The Spinnaker Group provided LEED Consulting, Building Commissioning and Energy Modeling for this redesign/ expansion of the existing Terminal 1 at FLL. The renovation design encompassed 260,000 sf of airside renovations within the existing facility and included new terrazzo in the baggage claim and ticket hall, and updated hold-rooms in Concourses B and C. The expansion design provided 390,930 sf of new construction and a 102,300 sf FIS facility.
Holistic updates were completed within the existing Terminal 1, which was expanded to improve the overall airline operations. Some of the salient improvements included a larger, more efficient security checkpoint, improved wayfinding, increased concessions offerings, and increased baggage handling capacity. To increase capacity, the expansion added five new gates to Concourse A, which was capable of accommodating domestic and international operations, and provided another global access station. To accommodate SWA’s international traffic, the new Concourse A included an 800 passenger-per-hour CBP with related sterile collecting corridors, baggage claim, inspection areas, primary and secondary processing, CBP offices, and a meeter and greeter lobby. To increase operational capacity, five new gates were added, as well as including a major concessions expansion and an increase in airline support spaces.

Kuwait International Airport / State of Kuwait in Western Asia  
Tracking LEED Gold
Spinnaker Services: Consulting and Energy Modeling
Gulf Consult

The Spinnaker Group is providing LEED Consulting and Energy Modeling services for the new Kuwait International Airport, which is planned to significantly increase capacity and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf. The project’s strategic aims will be matched by a state-of-the-art terminal building, which will provide the highest levels of comfort for passengers and will set a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. Its design is rooted in a sense of place, as well as responsive to the climate -- one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth -- and inspired by local forms and materials.

The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each façade spans 1.2 kilometers and all extend from a dramatic 25-metre-high central space. The terminal balances the enclosure of this vast area with a design that is highly legible at a human scale -- for simplicity and ease of use, there are few level changes.

The massive project is targeting LEED Gold, with a goal to be one of the largest passenger terminals in the world to attain this level of environmental accreditation.

The strategy for achieving LEED Certification on Terminal 2 is through a "whole building approach", with the design aiming to maximize energy efficiency, water savings, waste reduction and use of sustainable materials, as well as optimize the health and well-being of the terminal’s occupants and visitors.

The overall project site has been designed to reduce its impact on the environment through minimizing “heat island effect” -- an increase in temperature caused by built-up urban development. This is achieved by providing large areas of natural landscaping planted with native and adaptive plan species suited to the Kuwait desert climate, and incorporating reflective exterior cladding materials.

The terminal building has been designed with an efficient thermal envelope which includes a highly insulated roof structure providing thermal mass and high specification glazed façade shaded by a 60m roof overhang. Natural daylight is maximized through the 8,000 skylights incorporated into the roof design, and energy consumption is optimized through energy efficient building systems from lighting to air conditioning. The concrete structure provides thermal mass and the roof incorporates a large expanse of photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy. By incorporating this large expanse of photovoltaic panels on the roof, the project aims to generate at least 9% of total energy costs.

Overall potable water consumption will be reduced by 45% through use of low-flow plumbing fixtures and reusing grey water collected from wash hand basins for WC flushing. Additionally, landscaped planting on the terminal site will be irrigated by reclaimed rainwater.

Materials on Terminal 2 have been specified with a focus on sustainable construction practices. Wherever possible, materials have been selected to contain recycled or rapidly renewable materials from regional suppliers, thereby reducing the use of infinite resources and minimizing transportation distances.

To ensure a healthy indoor environment, construction materials such as paints, sealants and adhesives have also been specified to have low level VOCs (volatile organic compounds), whilst the air conditioning systems have been designed for a 30% increase in outdoor air ventilation rates. Lastly, construction sites typically generate large quantities of solid waste, adding to the burden of increasingly scarce landfill sites, and causing soil, water and air pollution. At the Terminal 2 construction site, the goal is to divert at least 75% of waste generated onsite away from the landfill through reusing and recycling construction waste.

The anticipated completion date for this 7.6 million sf project is August 2022.