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Record growth at the San Diego International Airport spurred the need to replace the existing Terminal 1 facility, providing the Airport with the opportunity to transform the campus with new roadways, ground transportation plaza, passenger processing terminal, passenger concourse and a new parking plaza. Building off the success of the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza, the Watry Design team was once again selected to deliver on the Airport's vision for a parking plaza that would elevate the passenger experience.

The Terminal 1 Parking Plaza (T1PP) will provide space for 5,200 cars on five levels. To blend the two million square foot building with the new terminal, metal louvers will transform shadows across the facade to evoke the San Diego cliffs. Landscaped light wells will guide passengers from their vehicles to the terminal, and provide ample natural light throughout the structure.

As sustainability is a high priority for the Airport, the project is pursuing Parksmart Gold. In addition to ample EV charging stalls and reserved parking for clean air vehicles, a sophisticated stormwater management system will allow the Airport to capture and reuse more than 39 million gallons of rain annually. 

The T1PP will also feature an elevated technology experience that will allow passengers to reserve parking in advance and provide real-time parking information that helps guide users to an available space.

Project Details

  • Owner: San Diego Regional Airport Authority
  • Design Architect: Gensler
  • Project Status: Schematic Design
  • Parking Stalls: 5,200
  • Levels: 5
  • Total Sq Ft: 2,100,000
  • Sq Ft per Stall: 404
  • Total Project Cost: $224,000,000
  • Per Stall Cost: $43,077