Terminal 2 project ‘tops out’ at Lindbergh Field

After years of anticipation, finally on Wednesday a huge milestone in the construction of Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport occurred.

“We started planning this in '98 so it's been a long road to get to this point, but it's great to see it come out of ground and to put that last piece of steel on and to really see the terminal start to take shape,” said Bryan Enarson, Airport Authority's V.P of Development.

This land, once a naval dump site, has transformed over the course of the past two years. And once finished, this terminal will be nothing short of state of the art. It will have floor-to-ceiling windows with a panoramic view of the sunset and planes taking off. But, that's not what makes it state of the art.

“We are putting all the state of the art computer technology in it, not just with our own staff operating on it, but also for the public in being able to check in, get rid of their bag early and have a better experience as they go through,” said Enarson.

Not only will it have a major retail and concession space, but there will be room for performances and a stage for concerts.

In addition, the entire project is a green project, built out of recyclable materials. Wednesday's topping out ceremony, lifting the final beam into place on the 460,000 square feet terminal, was accompanied by an American flag and a traditional evergreen tree.

“Topping out is an ancient Scandinavian tradition. In construction when you build a house you would put an evergreen tree on the top to appease the wood fairies for all the trees you've displaced,” said airport spokesperson Katie Jones.

This ceremony of good luck in construction brought in dignitaries and over 200 guests. And when that final beam went up, long anticipation was met with reward.

This is a milestone in the path to an exciting future at San Diego International Airport.

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