By Joel Scanlon
The Chattanooga Airport's corporate flight center (FBO) terminal facility is a new energy-efficient space measuring 9,000 square- foot. The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) recently presented the FBO terminal facility with the prestigious platinum certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.
Managed by the Wilson Air Center, the FBO terminal is the only aviation terminal to earn the platinum certification that manifests the facility’s excellent environmental and energy performance.
Several significant construction and green design features promoted the FBO terminal to achieve the LEED certification. Some of the attributes include sourcing of furniture required for construction from regional providers, thereby reducing the pollution during transportation and other related complexities; landscaping across the campus includes indigenous plants that do not need water for hydration; almost 4,000 solar panels were deployed in the terminal’s southern direction, generating over 1 MW of clean power each year; direct access to CARTA, changing rooms, bike storage and reserved parking promotes alternative transportation and provides simplified access for both employees and clients and around 95% of the overall construction waste was recycled.
A Voluntary Airport Low Emissions grant was presented to the airport via the Federal Aviation Administration that contributed to the development of the 1 MW of solar farm.
Furthermore, the aircraft hangar, co-located on the West Side Aviation Campus measuring 12,000 square- foot, also achieved the LEED Gold certification.
The significant sustainable features of hangar include exceptional day lighting structure with windows within the facility; the entire steel beams in the structure and the sheeting was made up of recycled materials; the facility incorporates a high energy efficient infrared heating system; and recycling of around 95% of all construction waste.