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LaGuardia Airport Earns High Recognition for Sustainability Efforts in Construction of New Terminal B

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  • LaGuardia Airport was recognized for its approach to sustainability and resilience when it comes to its Terminal B construction project
  • LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B was given the Envision Platinum award from The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, Port Authority said
  • Among the construction's efforts were the recycling of tons of concrete from the demolition of the original Terminal B parking structure

LaGuardia Airport was recognized for its approach to sustainability and resilience when it comes to its Terminal B construction project.

The Port Authority announced Wednesday that LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B was given the Envision Platinum award from The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) for its environmentally conscious construction.

ISI is a non-profit organization that developed and maintains a sustainability rating system for all civil infrastructure.

The Envision Platinum is the highest level of recognition within ISI’s awards program.

“The Port Authority has taken aggressive steps to achieve sustainable growth, promote environmental efficiency, and reduce the environmental impact of aviation on our host communities and the region,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said in a statement.

According to Port Authority officials, the agency was the first of its kind to embrace an international environmental agreement and is committed to reduce its carbon footprint.

"As the first transportation agency to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, the Port Authority is committed to best practices in reducing its carbon footprint at the brand new LaGuardia Airport as well as our other facilities,” Executive Director of the Port Authority Rick Cotton said in a statement.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the operator and developer of Terminal B, has partnered with Skanska Walsh Joint Venture for design and construction on the project in an effort to help generate energy, save water, and reduce total emissions once the project is complete.

During construction, nearly 22,000 tons of concrete were recycled from the demolition of the original Terminal B parking structure and approximately 2,475 tons of this recycled concrete was reused on the adjacent job site.

According to Port Authority, design considerations also include wall-to-ceiling windows that reduce the need for lighting which will result in a 19 percent net energy savings when the project is completed.

In December 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo opened the first new gates and first new concourse in Terminal B. An additional five gates and the United Club have since opened in the terminal.

The Terminal B arrivals and departures facility is slated to open in mid-2020, the Port Authority said.

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