into a secure 21,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard
reminiscent of the city’s beachfront, with palm trees,
native drought-tolerant plants and shaded wooden
boardwalks. This landscaped courtyard is at the center
of the long, rectangular concourse that houses the
holdrooms, retail, and food and beverage outlets.
The development team decided not to install boarding
bridges, saving about $500,000 per gate. This strategy
also allowed gate lounges to remain at grade level and
connect directly to the tarmac, a fitting solution for the
Designed with the goal of achieving Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold
certification, the concourse integrates a comprehensive
energy and resource strategy that includes a rooftop
solar array that offsets 13 percent of the facility’s power
demand, low-flow fixtures and drip irrigation. Central
native gardens, super-insulated walls and energy-
efficient, low-E glass all minimize heat gain and keep
the terminal cool, reducing HVAC demand.
The linear design allows for abundant natural
daylight. The lighting system is connected to photocells
that automatically adjust artificial lighting levels
in response to changes in daylight conditions. A
building management system monitors the terminal’s
environment and operations.
Building Community Support
Initially, some members of the community voiced
concerns about preserving the integrity of the
historic terminal, noise levels and a potential loss of
convenience they feared the modernization would
create. The airport addressed these issues through a
robust outreach program.
“We held community meetings to explain the
different phases of the program and help gain support
;Gate lounges are at grade level and connect directly to
;Smooth polished concrete floors line the concourse.