San Diego International Airport

Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. (ABB) was retained by the design-build team, Turner Construction and architect (HNTB) to provide Building Envelope Consulting Services, including Engineer of Record services, on the $907 million Terminal 2 Expansion at the San Diego International Airport.

The curtain wall and storefront present a unique structural challenge due to the 40 degree west and south sloping facades and the 50-degree sloping of the concession areas.

The Terminal 2 West Building and Airside Expansion Project for the San Diego International Airport consisted of the construction of 10 additional passenger gates. The 430,000 SF project also included a passenger services terminal expansion. ABB provided 30% design of steel truss framing for glass curtain wall, 30% design for tubular steel mullion framing of storefront windows and 100% design of the curtain wall and light gauge metal stud building envelope. With this project, San Diego International Airport became the first LEED Platinum certified commercial airport. ABB, along with PCL Construction Services, Inc., was awarded the Design-Build Institute of America’s National Award of Merit in the Aviation category and the National Award of Excellence.

ABB provided peer review of design concepts, structural design alternatives, structural calculations, construction documents, specifications and construction administration. Under the direction of John A. Martin and Associates (structural Engineer of Record), ABB provided multiple conceptual designs for seismic, story drift, wind force and seismic force analysis.

Additional scope included recommendations and design for below-grade waterproofing, exterior wall water management, windows and openings, roofing systems, construction administration and monitoring.