03.04.13 GSP Entrance

GSP is thinking green!

As we continue to improve GSP, we want our flyers to know that we are keeping long-term sustainability in mind. These little changes that are being made are environmentally friendly and cost-effective!

When construction is complete, GSP will have solar hot water. This means that instead of using a traditional water heater, the sun’s energy will be used to heat water for hand washing in restrooms and concessions. We will also start to collect rain water so we can become less reliant on the city water system. Harvesting rainwater is beneficial because it’s clean, it conserves water, and it is relatively inexpensive.

A day lighting system will be put in place by increasing the size and number of windows to allow more natural lighting. More natural light means less artificial light and a reduction in our energy usage. Another energy-efficient solution we are integrating is the use of an automation system for our lighting. Automatic lighting systems shut off if no movement is detected and, just like our large windows, will greatly cut back on the amount of energy that is used in our terminal.

Also, GSP is sourcing products and materials found in our region, and hiring local contractors as much as possible. This will help to support local businesses and cut back on shipping costs.

We are proud to say that GSP is thinking green and working towards a more environmentally-friendly airport!

– The Terminal

Vendor Highlight: Tablerock Technologies, LLC

You might recall our previous post  on the installation of a solar water heating system, just one of the many sustainable practices that are being implemented into the WINGSPAN renovations.  Earlier this month we had the chance to sit down with the CEO of Tablerock Technologies, Tone Nichols, who is responsible for the installation of this exciting and sustainable technology.

Check out this video below to meet Tone and find out more about Tablerock Technologies’ role in the WINGSPAN Program.

Visit the Tablerock Technologies Facebook page to see what projects they are currently working on! https://www.facebook.com/tablerocktech

For other vendor highlights, you can find information on www.elevatingtheupstate.com under the Development Page.

– The Terminal

FFF: Second Lives of Airplanes

Have you ever wondered what happens to airplanes after they take their final flight? With new aircraft technology constantly on the rise, old airplanes are being retired every year and replaced by newer models. So what happens to these massive machines once their flying days are over? After all, you can’t just toss a 95,000-pound airplane into a garbage can.

According to the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association, up to 12,000 aircrafts are expected to be decommissioned by 2020, meaning aircraft owners must find ways of dealing with the retirees.  People have gotten rather creative with the ways they are re-purposing these aircrafts. See below for some interesting ways old planes have been re-furbished!

Rainforest hotel suite from a Boeing 727

This exclusive suite at the Hotel Costa Verde on the coast of Costa Rica was Boeing 727 in it’s former life. For $250 a night ($500 during peak season) you can sleep next to tropical beaches in an airplane.

Store front made from airplane bio-luminum

At the Yorkdale Shopping Center in Toronto you will find the storefront of Kiehl’s stands out from the other retailers as it is decked out with Bio-Luminum bricks. “One of Kiehl’s founding fathers,  Aaron Morse,  was a military pilot and collected stunt planes. A significant aspect of Kiehl’s heritage and brand references Mr. Morse’s passion for flying and adventure,” says Tom Berroth, Global Store Designer at Kiehl’s.

A house from a Boeing 747

In Malibu, you can find the “Wing House” made from the wing of a Boeing 747 and designed by architect David Hertz. The roof looks durable, but can you imagine what it sounds like when it rains?


– The Terminal



FFF: Solar Water Heating System

Over the course of the WINGSPAN renovations, we will be integrating sustainable practices into our airport. One of these systems that we have mentioned in a previous post is the use of a solar water heating systems (SWH). These systems are a cost-effective way to generate hot water and can be used in any climate. An SWH is designed to deliver hot water for most of the year by using a water storing system that heats water by solar collection.

Solar water heating systems include storage tanks and solar collectors. A collector that is attached to a roof or a wall that faces the sun heats working fluid that is either pumped or driven by natural convection throughout a system of copper heat exchanger pipes or a set of metal tubes that pass the heated water. The solar collector is an insulated box with a flat solar absorber typically made of sheet metal.

Stay tuned for more updates on how WIGSPAN renovations are helping us use smart resources and solutions to improve GSP with sustainability in mind.

–    The Terminal

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Flyer Fact Friday: Automated Lighting System Update

Last month we shared with our readers one aspect of the WINGSPAN program that will help GSP increase sustainability, the implementation of an automated lighting system. We’ve explained what an automated lighting system does and how it works, but today we wanted to breakdown exactly how this system will be utilized at GSP.

A low voltage lighting control system will be integrated which will optimize energy efficiency. The goal is to have all fixtures, with the exception of emergency units and security lighting, automatically shut off when the space is not occupied or lit by sunlight. This system will involve:

  • A day lighting system that will be implemented where architectural features of the building provide adequate levels of sunlight
  • Occupancy sensors will be installed where appropriate that will automatically shut lights off when the area is un-occupied
  • Manual overdrives will be installed for all automated areas

The lighting that you will see in open public spaces will consist of a combination of direct and indirect fluorescent sources providing a constant illumination throughout all open space and highlighting specific architectural features. The public waiting spaces will be equipped with high quality semi-custom specialty fixtures to create a comfortable environment for all GSP travelers.

We can’t wait to install this automated lighting system, making our hometown airport more sustainable. Stay tuned for updates as we get close to the implementation date of the new system.

– The Terminal

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Flyer Fact Friday: The Future of Aircraft Technology

As we settle into 2013, we are reminded not only of how far we have come in the air travel industry, but what opportunities lie ahead. NASA is always leading the way in these forward thinking movements and recently teamed up with world renowned aircraft experts and professional researchers to plan the next generation of aircraft technology.

Three industry teams have been working toward meeting NASA’s goal in making a greener future aircraft that:

–          burns 50% less fuel

–          emits 75% fewer harmful emissions

–          shrinks the size of geographic areas affected by airport noise by 83%

Professor Mark Drela a chief engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology gathered an aircraft design team, to create a model of the D8 “double bubble.” In the image below, Mark and his team of researchers position the new aircraft design in a wind tunnel at MIT. The team, which includes Aurora Flight Sciences and Pratt & Whitney, designed the concept for NASA to conserve fuel, reduce emissions and reduce noise.

To view the entire gallery and information on all the concepts that the researchers are working on, visit the NASA website.

The future of GSP is looking bright with WINGSPAN construction well underway. Now we have even more to look forward to and we’re excited to think about what the future of the aircraft industry might bring.

–          The Terminal

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Automation Systems

As WINGSPAN renovations move forward, we are eager to share with you additional sustainability practices that will be incorporated into the design of the terminal. One of these innovative practices designed with sustainability in mind is the implementation of a lighting automation system. This system includes proximity detection that is designed to automatically shut off lights if no movement is detected.

Using building automation systems to control lighting has a number of benefits. Some of these include the ability to track energy use and occupancy, and the ability to both monitor and control lighting throughout a large facility.

In the 1990’s, automated lighting systems became increasingly more popular in the construction of privately owned homes. An automated lighting system can calculate sunrise and sunset for each day based on the city, and even has the ability to take into account Daylight Savings Time.  Other popular types of automation systems include audio-visual automated systems and, automated security systems.

We are proud to implement these sustainable practices into our WINGSPAN construction. Stay tuned for even more information on how GSP will be utilizing this automated lighting system throughout the new additions!

–          The Terminal

Flyer Fact Friday

Once completed the GSP terminal will have a glass fascade. The new glass front will modernize the look of the terminal and help make GSP more energy efficient, serving as a passive daylighting system. Passive daylighting systems combine building design and building efficiency by leveraging natural resources by collecting sunlight using static, non-moving objects such as windows, glass doors and skylights.

There are two main types of daylighting systems, passive and active. Both types of daylighting systems produce benefits beyond energy efficiency alone. Increasing the amount of natural light in the workplace helps to promote a healthy work environment. Studies have shown that exposure to natural light in the workplace can benefit general health, memory and productivity. The main difference between active and passive daylighting systems are that active daylighting systems track and follow the sun using mechanical devices, and passive daylighting systems use static, non-moving objects to collect natural sunlight.

Schools, hospitals, retail stores and office buildings are some of the different buildings that have seen the benefits of incorporating daylighting systems into their design!

We are excited to be incorporating this sustainable practice into WINGSPAN! Stay tuned for more smart resources and solutions.

–       The Terminal

Flyer Fact Friday

WINGSPAN renovations will help GSP use solar energy to heat the water used in airport concessions and hand-washing stations. Solar energy is a renewable energy source that does not rely on harsh pollutants to stay moving. Sunlight is the most abundant and cleanest renewable energy. Depending on technology, solar energy can be used for heating and cooling systems, water heating, and can even generate electricity!

Picture provided by Orta Solar

For more information about solar energy check out the Solar Energy Industries Association or the U.S. Department of Energy websites!


Tree Harvesting Update from Tidewater Lumber & Moulding, Inc.

GSP has a strong connection with its trees, as they are part of the airport’s long and rich history. The airport is actually a certified tree farm and as the trees at GSP grow, they serve as a reminder of the GSP story rooted in the Upstate.

As you may remember from a previous post, GSP is currently in the process of repurposing 26 trees that stood in the short-term parking lot. When trees are cleared from land, they are often cut and sent to a landfill because processing lumber can be time-consuming and costly. In this case, however, GSP is working with local lumber experts to repurpose the lumber back into the WINGSPAN design in a special way.

Tidewater Lumber and Moulding

So far, the trees have been harvested from the lot and sent to Beal Lumber Company in Prosperity, S.C., to be processed into lumber. After the trees are processed, the lumber will be sent to Tidewater Lumber & Moulding, Inc., located in Greer, S.C. Tidewater Lumber & Moulding was founded in 1980 by Ed Voorhees. Today, Tidewater Lumber & Moulding stocks over 25 types of lumber including white oak, cypress, black walnut and even thermo-treated ash. They supply a variety of beautiful wood to customers from Florida to Vermont and are excited to help GSP repurpose the lumber into something truly timeless for the airport to showcase.  Continue reading “Tree Harvesting Update from Tidewater Lumber & Moulding, Inc.”