San Diego International Airport Federal Inspection Service (FIS) Facility


With an increase in international arrivals, additional non-stop international flight offerings, and the need to better accommodate international travelers, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority constructed the new San Diego International Airport Federal Inspection Service (FIS) Facility. 

Southland provided design-assist HVAC and plumbing services as well as building automation and temporary air handling systems throughout construction and renovation. 

Overall, this project included 35,000 SF of new construction and 100,000 SF of remodeled space. 


Due to significant growth in international arrivals in recent years, the San Diego International Airport Federal Inspection Service Facility needed to increase capacity, expand processing areas, add a second baggage claim device, and utilize the newest technology from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

To accommodate the significant growth, the terminal extension included three levels: level one (baggage claim area), level two (mechanical space, CBP administration, and retail and circulation spaces), and level three (open areas and sterile circulation areas for passengers and airport/airline offices). 

Additionally, other existing areas were renovated to provide continuity and the existing Terminal 2 West was remodeled to include CBP support areas, sterile circulation space, and a future passenger lounge/club. 

To meet these specific project needs, Southland removed portions of the existing roof to make room for the new mechanical rooms, replaced the existing air handling units with 100% outside air systems, and installed two 10-ton fan coil units for new escalator enclosures, computer room air conditioners (CRAC), and exhaust fans for restrooms, a laboratory, kennels, and lockers. 


Southland successfully delivered design-assist services for the multiple needs of the San Diego International Airport Federal Inspection Service Facility, providing an improved space for a better processing experience with reduced wait times and an overall welcoming and pleasant environment. 

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