A comprehensive set of guidelines is being used by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport and three other airports, to implement sustainable airport planning, design and construction of all its airport projects.
The guidelines are contained in a new 288-page workbook called Sustainable Airport Planning, Design and Construction Guidelines.
The measures were developed to facilitate integration of these concepts and practices into all projects at the agency’s four airports.
A “sustainable project” is one that focuses on environmental stewardship as well as economic growth and social responsibility, according to the agency.
“While initial costs for a sustainable project are usually more, the resulting benefits realized by the expenditure in terms of a better environment are greater,” said Roger Johnson, Los Angeles World Airports deputy executive director responsible for development, facilities, planning and environment, and one of the workbook’s editors.
“These are applicable performance standards that can be utilized to integrate sustainable practices into all airport projects,” Johnson said.
The guidelines combine newly-created airport-specific sustainability performance standards with existing standards, guidelines and tools that have been modified for applicability to airport projects.
All activities involving general construction and maintenance, such as buildings and other facilities, roads, runways, taxiways, infrastructure and other civil projects, are covered by the guidelines. The requirements are also incorporated in all of the airport department’s bid documents, design specifications and construction contracts.
The guidelines include performance standards for each phase of a project — planning, design and construction. Planning and design guidelines range from conducting sustainability planning meetings to site protection and restoration, water and wastewater reuse, and vegetation and wildlife management.
The construction phase includes information on sustainable construction training, providing a final sustainable construction project report, implementing a sustainability inspection program, and construction scheduling and sequencing.
Johnson said the guidelines were subjected to extensive internal and external reviews throughout the preparation stage and “numerous comments and input were received and incorporated into the final product.”
Participants in the process included Los Angeles World Airport staff, other City of Los Angeles departments, architectural firms and contractors.
Electronic copies of the guidelines are available at www.lawa .org/sustainability.cfm/. Information, (310) 417-0693.