US Airways’ Ground-Service Equipment (GSE) facility recently achieved LEED® Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards competition – the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry.
Working with the architectural firm The Sheward Partnership, Urban Engineers provided a range of engineering services for GSE, including the design, program management, and construction services for the facility. The $22 million, 57,220-SF building accommodates 90 mechanics and handles repairs and maintenance on 770 pieces of motorized equipment and 1,200 pieces of non-motorized equipment that service US Airways’ approximately 800 daily departures and arrivals. It is the first LEED® Silver certified facility to be constructed at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), and the first of its kind for US Airways. It helps further the Green Airport Initiative of PHL and fits into a larger goal for the City of Philadelphia, which is striving to become the “Greenest City in America.”
An ACEC/PA Engineering Excellence Diamond Honor Award winner and ACEC National Recognition Award recipient, the GSE project demonstrated a high-level of engineering achievement in the Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities category.
“Designing and constructing a 57,220-SF, LEED® Silver certified facility with efficient shop layout, high-capacity lifts, accessible parts and fluids, efficient lighting and ventilation, and terminal level security are not characteristics of a typical project,” said Project Manager, John DiValentino, PE, LEED® AP.
“Doing so with seven primary stakeholders and within a multi-jurisdictional project location, while delivering the project within budget, demonstrates what visionary leadership and a dedicated project team can achieve. We are thrilled that GSE has won this award and proud to have played a role in achieving the LEED® Silver certification.”