ACEC California Golden State Award Winner: AECOM and Corgan Associates Design Lean and Green for Sacramento International Airport’s “Big Build”

Project Specifics:

• $1.03 billion project
• 2,400 jobs created
• Largest design-build project in Sacramento County’s history
• Completed 5 months ahead of schedule
• Delivered $60 million under budget
• Manager: AECOM
• Lead design/architect of record: Corgan Associates

Sacramento airport’s Big Build Program was the largest capital improvement program ever undertaken by Sacramento County but the county’s decision to execute a design-build project lead by AECOM resulted in a project delivered ahead of time and under budget.


The team’s innovative building and structural design solutions resulted in lower construction costs for the 700,000 square foot terminal project, while innovative management processes provided timely work authorizations and reduced the construction schedule.

The incorporation of sustainable design ideas provided improved functional design solutions

reduced energy costs, incorporation of historic recycled building materials, on-site power generation, and an anticipated LEED Silver certification for two facilities simultaneously; a first for a U.S. airport.

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