Aviation Service and Equipment Facility
When a new aviation service and equipment facility was planned, there was no question that it would be built according to green building standards. This newly constructed 7,400 square foot building located on the airport's east side is a stand-out in the aviation industry.
Features that contributed to LEED© certification included: drought-resistant landscaping, rainwater collection, recycling, energy efficiency lighting and use of sustainable building materials. The building achieved all available credits for water efficiency, and 13 out of 15 credits for Indoor Environmental Quality, as well as all available credits for Innovation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport recently celebrated the completion of another game-changing project with the opening of the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility.
The new state-of-the-art building is well-equipped to meet current volume and future demands, provide travelers with an enhanced level of customer service, and continue to strengthen Executive Airport’s position as an international gateway for our region.
The project also reflects Fort Lauderdale’s citywide commitment to sustainability by incorporating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles to reduce operating costs and energy consumption, while minimizing impacts to the surrounding environment. The building has achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as a result of numerous sustainability features, including effective use of natural day lighting; highly efficient lighting fixtures and controls; ultra-high efficiency mechanical equipment; use of systems to recycle rainwater; solar responsive lighting; native landscaping; and a high performance thermal envelope to minimize energy usage.
The airport is also home to two of Florida's rare species. Gopher Tortoises are primarily located in a secluded area on the north side of the airport. The area is made up of rare native plants and serves as a shelter and nesting ground for these rare creatures.
The other species is the Burrowing Owl, which has nests scattered throughout the airfield. PVC pipes shaped like "Ts" mark their nests so that they are visible to the Airport's maintenance crews and also serve as a place for the owls to perch during the breeding season.In an effort to minimize disruption to the owls, Executive Airport schedules its construction projects so as not to interfere with the owls' breeding or nesting seasons.
Executive Airport recycles as much material as possible when projects are undertaken. An example would be the re-construction of taxiway Golf on the south east side of the airport. The millings (ground up asphalt) are reused to construct haul roads or maintenance roads around the airfield.