The Port of San Diego and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority were recently honored by an environmental group for a historical report and other communications they prepared for the Teledyne Ryan demolition project that is occurring on the southeast edge of San Diego International Airport.
The agencies, plus their engineering consultant CH2M Hill, were honored for the "Outstanding Environmental Technical Report" by the Association of Environmental Professionals, San Diego chapter. Specifically, they were recognized for producing the Ryan Aeronautical Company Historic American Building Survey Report and the Ryan Aeronautical Interpretive Display and website.
The awards ceremony was held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Tom Ham's Lighthouse on Harbor Island.
The Ryan Aeronautical Company Historic American Buildings Survey Report provides extensive historical information on the structures that sat on the 46-acre Ryan Aeronautical Company site at 2710 North Harbor Drive. It also includes historical photos and a site map. The interpretive display material includes a tri-fold brochure and references the survey report, photos and other information on the company.
The Port of San Diego is currently in the final phase of the demolition project. The first phase began in February 2010 with the removal of approximately 50 structures. A small environmental testing phase comprised the second phase, which was completed in October 2010. The third and final phase began in June 2011 and includes the demolition and removal of concrete and asphalt slabs, structural foundations, below-grade vaults, pits and utilities. Additionally, a 28,000-square-foot structure will be removed.
The demolition work is part of the Port District's role as an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding lands. Most material removed from the site was considered contaminated or hazardous. Completion of the project will protect public health and the community, as well as facilitate environmental cleanup of the soil by Teledyne Ryan.
Completion of the final demolition phase is anticipated to occur by the summer of 2012. Upon completion of the project, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will continue to operate the site as provided for under its current lease agreement with the Port.
The Port of San Diego was created by the state Legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested $1.7 billion in public improvements in its five member cities: Imperial Beach, San Diego, Coronado, Chula Vista and National City.
The Port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 17 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.