2016 Sustainable Project of the Year
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
An airport is the gateway to a city that welcomes travelers and sets the tone for their impending experience. The Chattanooga Airport is one such gateway. It is the front door to the community and provides the first glimpse into a city that successfully strives to be modern, progressive, sustainable, and efficient. The Airport expanded in 1992 and remained unchanged until 2014 when it was completely renovated into a modern, warm, and welcoming space focused on customer comfort and a sense of community. The design team committed to achieving LEED Silver certification to underscore the sustainable efforts made by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. These efforts reach well beyond the LEED Silver certified main terminal; the first ever LEED Platinum General Aviation terminal, two LEED Gold hangars, and LEED Gold office complex were completed recently, and the CMAA is currently constructing a third LEED Gold hangar. With the recent dramatic increase of passengers flying in and out of Chattanooga, these green building practices are seen by thousands each and every day. By utilizing green building practices and standards, the Airport is moving ever closer to its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. The gradual changes being made to reduce their carbon footprint continue to draw people from across the country to inquire what, why, and how to make such improvements so they too can move towards carbon neutrality. The positive effect the Chattanooga Airport Renovation made to both the local community and abroad is exponential and continues to grow.