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LEED and the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal
By A.B. Snedeker

Effective environmental management is an ongoing commitment at Hartsfield-Jackson. Nowhere is this more evident than in the planning, design and construction of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.

Set for completion in spring 2012, the international terminal is on track for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. The goal is to create a healthy, sustainable facility that has a minimal impact on the environment.

The project is earning LEED certification points by using recycled and/or regionally produced construction materials, optimizing energy performance and reducing water usage.

One of the most impressive sustainability features of the 1.2 million-square-foot terminal and concourse structure is a 25,000-cubic-foot “water box.” This structure collects rainwater from the roof of the international terminal and concourse and cleanses it through a series of filters before releasing it back into environment. The process greatly reduces the environmental impact to surrounding groundwater.

Another key part of the international terminal’s sustainability program is ensuring the quality of indoor air. For example, low-chemical-emitting paints, sealants, carpeting and adhesives are being used throughout the facility.

Environmentally friendly cleaning products and techniques, along with increased ventilation and monitoring of incoming outdoor air, also will earn LEED points for the $1.4 billion project.

Construction of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal began in summer 2008. The international terminal and its 12-gate concourse will connect to Concourse E via an extension of the people mover, creating a 40-gate international travel complex.


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