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Massport, Delta Given Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award

This year’s Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award has been given to the Massachusetts Port Authority and Delta Air Lines.

The award, presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Association of Airport Executives and the Airports Consultants Council, recognizes environmental benefits achieved by Terminal A at Boston Logan International (BOS).

The terminal was the first in the world to receive Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Massport and Delta required the building to incorporate green-building practices.

“The Committee is very excited to present the award to the Massachusetts Port Authority and Delta Air Lines Inc. to recognize their leadership and efforts to bring environmental concepts to airport terminal design,” says Dr. Gano Chatterji of the University of California-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Speas Award Selection Committee.

The award was presented at the AAAE/ACC 2008 Airport Planning, Design and Construction symposium on Feb. 28 in Denver, Colo. It showcases efforts of Massport and Delta in working to create a $480M facility that builds a relationship between the airport and environment.

“Receiving this award is an honor, as it highlights our success in implementing sustainable development at Logan Airport,” says Thomas J. Kinton Jr., Massport’s chief executive director. “With the efforts of our partner Delta Air Lines, the completion of Terminal A resulted in a world-class facility that provides an aesthetically pleasing and healthier environment for our passengers, employees, and local communities.”
The Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award is presented annually, and is given to those whose contributions have done the most to promote a positive and balanced relationship between airports and the surrounding environments.
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Massport To Install Wind Turbines At BOS

The Massachusetts Port Authority will install 20 building-integrated wind turbines at Boston Logan International (BOS).

The authority is working with AeroVironment of Monrovia, Calif., and Groom Energy Solutions of Salem, Mass., to install the 6-foot in diameter turbines on the Logan office Center Roof.

The project is expected to provide about 2% of the building’s monthly energy use, or about 100,000 kwh annually.

Construction on the project was slated to begin last week, and Massport expects the turbines to be functioning and generating renewable energy in the spring. If the turbines reduce building energy as expected, the authority will consider expanding the project to other Massport facilities. Solar power, geothermal technology and fuel-cell applications are also being evaluated as renewable energy technologies.

The 1000-watt wind turbine system provides clean, reliable, nonpolluting electric power. Each module fastens to the parapet of a building, weighs approximately 90 pounds and measures approximately 6 feet in height and 8 feet in width. This urban turbine is intended to continue to produce electricity under turbulent wind conditions and in both low- and high-wind speed environments.  

The Logan Office Center’s average monthly demand for electricity is 407kw with an average monthly energy usage of 291,000 kwh. Massport expects that the wind turbines will provide an annual electrical output of approximately 100,000 kwh and save the authority $13,000 annually in utility costs with additional energy savings to be pursued.