Signature Flight Support Corporation’s San Francisco (SFO) facility has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™) GOLD CI certification. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the United States Green Building Council. The council provides third-party verification that a building has been designed and built to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions, use water efficiently and improve indoor air quality thereby reducing the building’s impact on the environment. Its certification point system offers four types of certification, GOLD being the second highest level attainable.
Eric Hietala, Regional Vice President for Signature Flight Support Corporation’s Western Region commented: “Signature Flight Support, as a global leader in business aviation flight support services, is delighted to have Signature San Francisco LEED Gold CI certified. This certification validates Signature Flight Support’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our facilities. It also provides a clear framework for identifying practical “greener” solutions for future locations.”
SchenkelShultz Architecture designed the facility improvements and Kraus-Manning Inc. acted as the project manager to ensure compliance with LEED specifications. Facility improvements included an extensive renovation of the existing 9,800 sq. ft. executive terminal and the two existing 25,000 sq. ft. aircraft storage hangars. The renovation included new heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as upgraded replacements of the mechanical and lighting systems for improved energy efficiency and performance. These efforts resulted in a 47% reduction in lighting power consumption relative to industry standards. Interior finishes, doors, and millwork were also replaced and low VOC binders and adhesives were used to improve the indoor air quality.
The project also included new additions to the terminal which added 2,800 sq. ft. of new facility space. The improvements provided upgraded amenities for travelers including an expanded lobby, seating areas, restrooms, and security screening facilities. Employee facilities were also renovated including a new flight dispatch and operations area and a galley kitchen.
Signature Flight Support Corporation’s San Francisco fixed-base operation is continuing to reduce its environmental impact through its daily operations. Alternative fuel ground handling equipment is being utilized and recycling bins are located throughout the facility encouraging both employees and travelers to recycle. Bike racks, showers and changing facilities have also been installed to encourage employees to commute by bicycle. Signature Flight Support Corporation, being a BBA Aviation plc company, is continuously working to reduce its impact on the environment as part of its corporate social responsibility mandate.