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    Welcome to the Ambassablog! We're the front-line employee bloggers of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and participants in the Airport Authority's Goodwill Ambassador Program.

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Waves of Appreciation

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Left to right, Airport Authority volunteers Naty, Kim, Susie, and Ryan.

On November 11, 2012, Airport Authority employees donated their time and effort toward a volunteer event sponsored by “Waves of Appreciation,” an organization created by Pepperdine University alumni. The paramount goal is to give back and show gratitude to  service men and women as they travel home for the holidays to see their loved-ones.

Approximately 15 Authority employees joined a larger group of volunteers for an afternoon of stuffing 3,500 goody bags of nonperishable food items to be distributed at San Diego International Airport.

Waves of Appreciation partnered with the United Services Organization (USO) at SDIA for the bag distribution, which took place prior to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The bags helped sustain many of the young service members who might have otherwise traveled hungry during the holidays.

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And the USO located at SDIA has bragging rights! Ours is the only USO in the United States that distributes these bags of delectable delights ever year. So kudos to the USO and Airport Authority volunteers — way to exhibit that Community Strategy!*

* The Airport Authority’s Community Strategy is “to be a trusted and highly responsive regional agency.”

 

A bounty of books

SDIA Book Club members, from left: Kim from Airport Planning, Chanelle from Intergovernmental Relations (seated), Chris from Facilities Development (standing behind Chanelle), Terri from Finance, Jan from Facilities Development, Ann from Business Planning, Cynthia from Training & Organization Development, Marion from Environmental Affairs, Catherine from the Quieter Home Program, and Suzanne from Real Estate.

How many of you knew that San Diego International Airport has a Book Club?  Maybe not many… we’re a well-kept secret! It’s time we shared the good news!

For a recent book, our little Book Club joined the ranks of the “One Book, One San Diego” program, a partnership between KPBS and the San Diego Public Library Foundation. The program brings San Diego County residents together to read and discuss the same book.

The book selected by this program is The Gangster We Are All Looking For, by Lê Thi Diem Thúy.  The story, about the Vietnamese immigrant experience here in San Diego, intrigued us. We also wanted to learn more about how the One Book, One San Diego program works. We met on Thursday, February 24 to discuss the book, and we even talked about going to hear Thúy speak about the book and her experiences growing up.

As a small group of about 10-12 people, the airport’s Book Club has been meeting for about two years. We try to read and discuss a book every month or so.  Some of our other finds have been:

If you are a lover of books and work at San Diego International Airport, come join us! For more information, feel free to email Book Club members Ann (amendels@san.org) or Suzanne (sroybal@san.org). Now – back to the book!

Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

That's me (Suzanne) to the left of Santa, and my colleague René to the right.

Now’s the perfect time to ask Santa yourself!

Visit the “Holiday Photos on the Fly” kiosk located just west of the Southwest Airlines ticket counters in Terminal One, lower level.  You can’t miss Jolly ole St. Nick on his red velvet throne, waiting to pose with you and your loved ones for a free holiday picture.

The Airport Authority’s advertising concessionaire, JC Decaux, is facilitating this holiday kiosk, in conjunction with Southwest Airlines and Microsoft Windows 7.

Passengers are greeted by a Windows Elf who explains the process, snaps a picture, and then assists with editing and printing a photo … all for free!  Passengers also have the opportunity to email the photos to themselves, allowing for a cost-effective, eco-friendly holiday greeting distribution to family and friends. You’ll even receive a $20 off coupon on your next Southwest Airlines flight (restrictions apply).

Check out the sample photo above. There I am with my colleague René, manager of the airport’s advertising program. She’s the one that made this all happen. Thanks René!

“Holiday Photos on the Fly” with Mr. Claus … now available in Terminal One from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from December 17 – 20.

Seasons Greetings everyone!

Submitted by Ambassablogger Suzanne, Real Estate Management Department

VIDEO POST: Ped bridge no more!

by special guest Ambassablogger, Suzanne, of the Airport Authority’s Real Estate Management Department

An historic event took place at San Diego International Airport, starting on Friday, May 21, 2010! The Terminal 2 East pedestrian bridge was demolished as part of The Green Build airport expansion project (the bridge removal allows for construction of a convenient dual-level roadway in front of Terminal 2 West). Check out the cool time-lapse video above of the event, which actually spanned nearly 24 hours. (Thanks to Wayne from Major Video Productions for making the cool video!)

Rich Kaslik, a project manager for The Green Build, said the key to the operation was getting traffic off the internal roadway by designing a detour, shown in the planning schematic below:

The roadway directly in front of Terminal 2 East was closed to traffic at 10:15 p.m. Friday, and the detour was opened. But before any demo work could begin, two feet of dirt was laid atop the roadway to help break the fall of the pedestrian bridge.

The actual demolition lasted approximately seven hours, beginning at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22. Airport Authority contractor Kiewit & Sundt and its subcontractor, Miller Environmental, Inc., worked in concert to orchestrate the delicate removal of the bridge. The contractors had to work like synchronized swimmers in order to perfectly time the removal.

Special devices called hoe ram excavators strategically dissected the bridge to undermine the structure and columns, allowing for a controlled fall to the street. When it finally came down, Kaslik said with a smile in his voice, “It was a rush! You could feel the adrenaline pumping.”

Twelve laborious hours of cleanup followed, and shortly thereafter the roadway was reopened to traffic. Congratulations to The Green Build team on completing another huge milestone toward The Green Build opening in 2013!

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