- Posted August 12, 2013 by
San Diego, California
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BEAUTIFUL NEW SAN DIEGO AIRPORT TERMINAL 2 EXPANSION SET TO OPEN SOON
Welcome to the brand new expanded San Diego International Airport's Terminal 2.
Media and public tours have just concluded this past weekend and Tuesday, August 13, will be the first official day of business for the busy airport.
Groups came on buses for community day tours and most everyone was in agreement the addition is spectacular. Called a "Green Build" for the attention paid to building with an environmental emphasis, the expansion has finally brought San Diego up-to-date with modern airport innovations.
Now there are separate levels for departures and arrivals. The security area has been expanded to 12 lanes so that should keep travelers moving along nicely. There is landscaping that utilizes native plants, cactus and rocks to save water. Brilliant displays of public art--both inside and out--brings color and culture.
Foodies will absolutely love the food court area that is loaded with wonderful culinary choices. Phil's BBQ--a local favorite--has a restaurant that is sure to be packed solid with hungry customers. Bagels, Thai food, fish tacos, smoothies--it's all here!
What was lacking? Seating! All the strolling I did left me tired so while waiting for the shuttle bus I looked for a bench to sit on. None! Neither are there seats inside. My guess is that this is a new design element that reduces or discourages people hanging around, which could present a safety hazard. One tour guide said the idea is to get people into the airport or out of the airport and not have a lot of lounging around.
My favorite part of the new Terminal 2 expansion? Beautiful flooring made of granite, marble, quartz and pieces of glass that glisten. This is finished off with several coats of epoxy resin for a terrific sheen but it is not slippery at all. Several parts of the structure have a design in the floor that mimics the shape of waves crashing on the shoreline or footprints in the sand.
One tour guide took me aside and showed me something very unique. A nail was left inadvertently on the floor when the resin covering was applied. It is embedded and can easily be seen, if you know where to look. I can remember it being very near the new security area and it is a tidbit of folklore to be remembered.
So please come and visit the lovely city of San Diego. The beaches are gorgeous, the locals are friendly and the brand new expanded airport will thrill you with it's fresh beauty, luxurious artistic touches, delicious food offerings and environmental pedigree.
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