The terminal 2 parking plaza was redesigned for the San Diego International Airport with a focus placed on convenience for visitors and protection of the environment. More parking spaces and new EV charging stations were added, along with technology to guide in more efficient parking. Environmental benefits include reduced air emissions (quicker parking) and reuse of water, which consequently prevents runoff from entering San Diego Bay (captured in underground stormwater system). Visitors are also welcomed by an aesthetic design with open light wells, glass-front elevators, and public art.
For those uncomfortable or even fearful of flying, this parking plaza is a welcoming and calming presence. It’s clean, spacious and airy, representative and celebratory of San Diego’s awesome climate. The convenience and aesthetics of this inviting plaza sets an outstanding precedent for future SDIA redevelopment. The planting palette compliments the airport’s surrounding drought tolerant landscape and introduces simple materials that create a solid backdrop for the airport’s growing public art installations, prevalent in this new parking plaza.