With plans for a new $150 million terminal building in the works, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport officials are studying the use of wind turbines. The turbines could generate enough electricity to light new parking garages at the airport, according to a report by HNTB Architecture, the firm designing the new airport.
Other green initiatives for the new terminal are in the works.
According to HNTB, the building will conserve energy through use of high-performance insulation systems in walls and roofs, low-solar heat-gain glazing systems, high performance HVAC systems, use of groundwater heat for snow melt systems in the sidewalks and lighting with controls that take advantage of daylight from skylights and large glass walls to further reduce the need for energy.
Sustainable aviation development is occurring around the country. Airports are working to reduce utility consumption and saving operating and maintenance costs by putting in green practices.