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Urban and US Airways Partner at Design on the Delaware #USAirwaysGSE
Publication Date
October 23rd 2013


Urban Engineers (Urban) is collaborating with US Airways and the Sheward Partnership to bring the success story of US Airways’ LEED® Silver Ground Service Equipment (GSE) Facility to Design on the Delaware conference participants. The presentation and tour of the facility, Precedents in Sustainability: US Airways GSE, will be on October 29, 2013 and open to Design on the Delaware conference attendees.  


US Airways GSE Facility at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) set the standard in sustainability for the GSE industry and the airport. The project began as a concept to improve economic efficiency and became a comprehensive, environmentally friendly solution contributing to PHL’s green initiative. The 57,220-SF repair and maintenance facility is located in Cargo City, directly south of the airport terminal and adjacent to the airfield. It enables US Airways to reduce ground fleet down time and ultimately decrease baggage delivery times, supporting the airlines’ efforts towards better operational efficiency for its 435 daily flights. 


The GSE facility became the first building in Cargo City to incorporate LEED® Certification parameters and Philadelphia’s new stormwater regulations. The combined effect of the building’s design provisions significantly reduce the burden on the surrounding environment, so neighboring communities experience less demand on their stormwater and sanitary sewer systems, water supply, and electrical grid, in addition to less air pollution. The project has set the benchmark for future green initiatives involving the City of Philadelphia and US Airways.

Leading this tour on Urban’s behalf are Jim Bilella, PE, Vice President and Director of Building Systems; John DiValentino, Jr., PE, LEED® AP, Deputy Director of Facilities Construction Management; and Adam Shelly, LEED® AP BD+C, Sustainability Project Manager.