Sustainable Innovation: Terminal 2 of Puerto Vallarta International Airport

Jorge Chávez
Dec. 21, 2023

In an innovative effort to combine architectural brilliance with environmental responsibility, Puerto Vallarta International Airport aims to complete its Terminal 2 by December 2024.

Designed by renowned architect Benjamín Romano, Terminal 2 will accommodate 5 million passengers and will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

Romano approached this building with a clear vision: to harmonize infrastructure with nature. A two-story design was chosen, effectively reducing the building’s carbon footprint by 50 percent. This decision helped preserve the surrounding jungle and save ancient trees.

The focus on sustainability extended to making this project a NetZero terminal, a building with zero pollutant emissions. Romano added a roof with solar collectors, a concept in line with Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico’s (GAP) commitment to the environment. A Green Loan has ensured that the airport will be energy self-sufficient almost 5 years after construction—a testament to visionary design.

Accessibility is another cornerstone of Terminal 2. The airport will be 100 percent handicapped accessible, with two elevators and escalators.

Other features of Terminal 2 will include:

  • A ‘middle floor’ dedicated to chilled water production, energy conversion and baggage handling.
  • A water treatment plant with the goal of achieving zero discharge.
  • A rainwater harvesting system.
  • Natural light to primarily illuminate the building.
  • A ‘rest area’ for pets.

As construction progresses, with 100 percent of the deep foundation completed and significant progress on the surface foundations, Romano looks forward with confidence to the inauguration of Terminal 2 at Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

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