San Diego Airport facility project wins CMAA award

San Diego International Airport Receiving and Distribution CenterThe Construction Management Association of America San Diego Chapter awarded the new San Diego International Airport Receiving and Distribution Center a Project Achievement Award in the category of Building / New Construction / Less than $25 million. C&S partnered with a private developer, AFCO to finance, design, and construct a 23,191-square-foot receiving and distribution center (RDC) to process all food, beverage, retail, and other goods used in the terminals. The $8.7 million facility is located on the north side of the airport adjacent to the air traffic control tower (ATCT), and is the first of several planned facilities to be constructed on the north side over the next five years. The RDC includes employee offices; a secure screening area; a non-secure delivery area; dry/cold/freezer storage; space for a future Transportation Security Administration (TSA) dog kennel; men’s and women’s restrooms, shower, and locker facilities; conference room; break room; IT room with dry or clean agent fire protection system; and operations support space. This facility helps reduce traffic on surrounding roadways by centralizing all truck deliveries; already, the RDC has reduced truck trips on Harbor Drive by 50 to 70 per day.

C&S Companies led the site/civil and landscape engineering, agency construction management (CM), and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) administration. The project was designed and constructed using an integrated project delivery (IPD) method that involved comprehensive collaboration among team members from pre-design through implementation. By including all entities in the decision-making process, unique and synergistic opportunities were identified and implemented. The IPD method was effective in minimizing the cost and schedule of the project. In fact, AFCO and C&S were able to price and contract the project at just 30 percent design with a general contractor. The contractor also provided valuable input to help reduce cost and minimize construction duration.

Another unique aspect of the project was the airport’s requirement that the building strive for LEED certification. The Airport Authority originally specified that the project team should pursue LEED Silver certification, but C&S recognized the potential to achieve LEED Gold by incorporating additional sustainable components at very little cost. In February 2013 the RDC became the first airport receiving and distribution facility to achieve LEED Gold certification in the world.

To learn more about this project, contact Cory Hazlewood at or (619) 296-9373.