Eco-friendly Scottsdale Airport center opens

Eco-friendly Scottsdale Airport center opens

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The Airport Operations Center at Scottsdale Airport has opened, serving as the hub for monitoring daily operations including safety, security and maintenance of the airfield.

The building is a state-of-the-art facility and also environmentally friendly, according to a release from the city of Scottsdale. The total cost for the project was $4.9 million, city officials say.

The U.S. Green Building Council recognized Scottsdale’s Airport Operations Center with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.

The award recognizes the Scottsdale Airport Operations Center project for its sustainable, green building qualities, the release states.

Most new city buildings are required to be built to LEED gold standards per Section 2 of Resolution No. 6644. But during the design of the airport center, staff and the architects were only able to achieve LEED silver standards mainly because of the inability to install solar panels due to the possibility of glare or reflection to pilots flying into or out of the airport, the release said.

“We are proud of achieving this certification,” Scottsdale Aiport Director Gary Mascaro said. “Not only is it a modern and sleek building, but it was designed to meet this high level of sustainable standards.”

The Scottsdale Airport Operations Center is a two-story, 10,000-square-foot building made of steel framing. It features a rusted steel panel façade and bonderized metal siding.

The project employed many sustainable strategies including:

  • Parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles;
  • Bicycle racks;
  • Daylighting for interior spaces;
  • Roofing does not contribute to heat island effect;
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures;
  • No CFC-based refrigerants;
  • Building materials that were sourced locally were given preference;
  • Building materials with a high recycled content were given preference; and
  • Materials and products with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were used in the interior.


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