San Diego International Airport Federal Inspection Station

San Diego, California

San Diego International Airport Federal Inspection Station

2019 | Aviation | National Award — Merit

San Diego International Airport Federal Inspection Station

The Federal Inspection Services facility at the San Diego International Airport is a world-class international arrivals facility that includes 55,000 square feet of new construction and 70,000 square feet of renovated space. Attached to Terminal 2 West at the airport, this project includes a new two-story Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility, six upgraded airplane boarding gates, renovations to the existing building to create a sterile path from the plane to CBP inspection, multiple tenant relocations, baggage handling system upgrades, and airside restriping. This project achieved LEED Gold certification.

A Commitment to Collaboration

Plenty of bidders did not want to bid on this project because they felt the schedule was unachievable, but design-build allowed this world-class facility to be completed on a compressed schedule. By committing to total collaboration, which included meetings for the entire staff and monthly check-ins, things were able to move quickly and efficiently allowing the project to complete two months ahead of schedule and saving the Owner $30 million. Even more impressively, despite this being a two-phase project that was completed over the course of two years, airport operations were never interrupted during construction.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Design-Build Firm: Turner-PCL, A Joint Venture
General Contractor: Turner-PCL, A Joint Venture
Architect: Gensler
Engineer: Burns & McDonnell
Specialty Contractors: Vanderlande Industries, Inc.
Project Manager: Turner-PCL, A Joint Venture
Construction Duration: 23.5 Months
Project Cost: $193,000,000.00

Photo Credit: Paul Turang