United is going for the gold—and the green. Recently, United’s LAX Technical Operations Center, a new hangar complex at Los Angeles International Airport, was awarded U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification for building design and construction.
This hangar project was required to achieve LEED Silver in accordance with Los Angeles World Airports’ policy. However, United’s project team went above and beyond by realizing an even higher certification level: Gold. Completion of this project and achievement of the certification is another tangible example of United’s leadership in sustainability.
LEED certification is a recognized framework for a comprehensive approach to creating low-impact, more efficient, healthier spaces.
Among the categories on the LEED scorecard in which United was able to achieve points are location and transportation, water and energy efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environment quality.
“As a company, we are committed to holistically addressing our impact on the environment, not only in the air, but on the ground and in the communities in which we operate,” says Frannie Levar, Director of Environmental Sustainability at United. “This facility is a tangible example of our commitment to our climate ambitions in our ground operations, and it prioritizes water efficiency and conservation, energy use reduction, and indoor environment quality, among others.”
On top of being sustainably designed, the LAX Technical Operations Center is a state-of-the-art facility that United employees can be proud to work in.
“Our team continues to leverage projects within our vast real estate portfolio to further our commitment to sustainable design,” says Kaveh Dabiran, Regional Director of Planning and Development at United. “Our goal is to deliver environmentally conscious facilities that will promote the well-being of our employees.”
The United Club locations currently under development at Denver International Airport will also seek LEED certification, as will one of the upcoming United Club locations at Newark Liberty International Airport.
“At United, we are focused on innovation when it comes to the design of our customer and employee space,” says Brandon Fair, Managing Director of Planning and Development at United. “We continually seek low-impact and more sustainable materials as we invest in our spaces across the globe.”