SAM Certificates

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Terminal Occupants Design & Construction
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Design & Construction
Operations & Maintenance

The Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM) Green Airplane Rating System for Administrative Procedures (AP) is designed to certify the sustainability of airport-related administrative activities associated with the planning, design, construction, maintenance and daily operations. 

The intention is to not only plan, design, construct, maintain and operate an airport in a sustainable manner, but to also be cognizant that the process of administering these activities should integrate sustainability as well. 


Terminal Occupants

SAM Terminal Occupants (TO), formerly Concessions & Tenants, is designed to certify the sustainability of concession and tenant activities, including daiy operations and well as design and construction of new facilities within the terminals. This section is divided into two: the TO - Design & Construction (TO-DC) and the TO - Operations & Maintenance (TO-OM). The TO-Design & Construction section only pertains to the build-out or interior renovations within the terminals or existing buildings. Any construction or major exterior renovations of non-terminal tenant spaces would follow the guidelines of the SAM Design & Construction (DC) chapter. The TO-Operations & Maintenance section pertains to all terminal occupants.

Terminal Occupants Design & Construction

The SAM Green Airplane Rating System for TO - Design & Construction uses a five tier approach to rating a tenant similar to the Design & Construction rating system. "Green Airplane Certification" symbols are used to designate achievements levels.

5 Airplane Rating

3 Airplane Rating

2 Airplane Rating

1 Airplane Rating

  1. Burger Federation, T3/L22 (2020)
  2. MDW Arami (2020)
  3. MDW Big & Littles (2020)
  4. MDW Big Shoulders Coffee (2020)
  5. MDW Billy Goat Tavern (2020)
  6. MDW Camden Food Co. Express (2020)
  7. MDW Central Market Express (2020)
  8. MDW Decolores (2020)
  9. MDW Dunkin' B End Cap (2020)
  10. MDW Einstein Bros. Bagels (2020)
  11. MDW FAO Schwarz (2020)
  12. MDW Fuel Bar (2020)
  13. MDW Harry Carray's Shortstop (2020)
  14. MDW Home Run Inn (2020)
  15. MDW Hubbard Inn (2020)
  16. Hudson News - T5, Space 521 (2020)
  17. MDW Hudson Store (2020)
  18. MDW Ink by Hudson, Concourse A (2020)
  19. MDW Ink by Hudson, Concourse B (2020)​
  20. MDW Pork Chop (2020)
  21. MDW Southwest Airlines Office (2020)
  22. MDW Woodgrain - Neopolitan Pizzeria (2020)
  23. Skywest Flight Operations Renovation (2020)​
  24. Argo Tea (2019)
  25. Building 521 Renovation - Chicago Police (2019)
  26. Dunkin Donuts - T2 (2019)
  27. Efie's Canteen at Taxi and Limo Lot (2019)
  28. Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) T5 Lounge Renovation (2019)
  29. Starbucks - T1/C1 (2019)
  30. Starbucks Coffee Concession Kiosk - T2/E11 (2019)​
  31. United Polaris Club - T1/C18 (2019)
  32. United Airlines Safety Offices & Ramp Training (2019)
  33. Wicker Park - T1/C1 (2019)
  34. Great American Bagel (2016)​​
  35. T1 CBRA and CBIS Optimization (2016)​​​
  36. Emporio Armani - T5, Space 541 (2015)​
  37. Hudson News - T5, Space 585 (2015)​
  38. Hudson - T5, Space 563 (2015)​
  39. Michael Kors - T5, Space 541A (2015)​
  40. Intelligentsia T5 (2015)​
  41. HMS Host Rotunda Tower Garden​ (2013)​

Concessions & Terminal Occupants​ Operations & Maintenance

The SAM Green Airplane Rating System for TO- Operations & Maintenance uses a three tier approach to rating a tenant. "Green Airplane Certification" levels are used to designate achievements. The levels are:

Achiever: Tenant has completed the SAM review process and, at a minimum, accomplished all SAM Prerequisites.
Leader: Tenant has gone beyond the minimum expectations of the SAM Prerequisites and demonstrated a commitment to sustainable initiatives.
Mentor: Tenant has achieved the highest level of green airplane certification and meets several CDA requirements above and beyond the prerequisite credits. Tenant is a resource and a good example to other tenants and regularly promotes, advocates and improves upon their sustainability achievements.

Mentor

Leader

  1. Nuts on Clark - T5 (2019)
  2. McDonald's - Mendez Organization (2017)
  3. McDonald's - DeCarrier Organization (2017)
  4. Wolfgang Puck - T3/K12 (2014)​
  5. Wolfgang Puck - T3/B1 (2014)​
  6. Wolfgang Puck - T1/B7 (20​14)​
  7. Wolfgang Puck - T3, Main (2014)​
  8. Tuscany Cafe - T1/B20 (2014)
  9. Starbucks - T2, Main (2014)​
  10. Starbucks - T2, Baggage Claim (2014)​
  11. Starbucks - T1, Baggage Claim (2014)​
  12. Starbucks - T3/L3 (2014)
  13. Starbucks - T3/K15 (2014)​
  14. Starbucks - T3/H6 (2014)
  15. Starbucks - T3/H2 (2014)​
  16. Starbucks - T3, H&K (2014)​
  17. Starbucks - T3/H13 (2014)​
  18. Starbucks - T3/G13 (2014)
  19. Starbucks - T2/E9 (2014)​
  20. Starbucks - T1/C1 (2014)​
  21. Starbucks - T1/C27 (2014)​
  22. Starbucks - T1/B12 (2014)
  23. Starbucks - T1/B9 (2014)​
  24. Starbucks - T1/B5 (2014)​
  25. Starbucks - T3, Baggage Claim (2014)
  26. Quick Connect - T3/H6 (2014)
  27. Quick Connect - T1/B1 (2014)
  28. Prairie Tap Bar - T3/K4 (2014)
  29. Macaroni Grill - T3, Main (2014)
  30. La Tapenade - T1, Main (2014)​
  31. La Tapenade - T2/F12 (2014)
  32. La Tapenade - T2/E9 (2014)
  33. Johnny Rockets - T2, Main (2014)​
  34. Ice Bar - T3/L2 (2014)​
  35. Goose Island - T1/C11 (2014)
  36. Goose Island - T3/L10 (2014)
  37. Farmer's Market - T3, Rotunda (2014)
  38. Ciao - T1/C16 (2014)​
  39. Ciao - T1, Baggage Claim (2014)
  40. Chili's - T1/B12 (2014)
  41. Chili's - T2/F4 (2014)
  42. Chili's - T3/G10 (2014)​
  43. Chili's - T2, Main (2014)
  44. Bubbles Wine Bar - T3/H4 (2014)​
  45. Brioche Doree - T2/F9 (2014)
  46. Brioche Doree - T3, Rotunda (2014)
  47. Brioche Doree - T1, Concourse B (2014)
  48. Brioche Doree - T1/C21 (2014)​​
  49. Brioche Doree - T3/K15 (2014)
  50. BJ's Market - T3/K14 (2014)
  51. Beaudevin - T1/C17 (2014)​
  52. Smoothie​ King/Red Mango/Grove Snacks - T1/B5 (2014)
  53. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory - T1/B15 and T3/H5 (2014)
  54. Jamba Juice - T1/B7 (2014)
  55. Windy City Carvers - T3/L5 (2014)​
  56. Auntie Anne's - T3​/G10 (2014)​​
  57. Stanley's Blackhawks (2013)
  58. MDW Halsted Street Tap (2013)
  59. MDW Red Mango (2013)
  60. MDW Sprigs (2013)
  61. MDW Barista (2013)
  62. MDW Let Them Eat Cake 2 (2013)
  63. MDW Let Them Eat Cake 1 (2013)
  64. MDW Tuscany (2013)
  65. MDW Oak Street Beach Cafe (2013)
  66. MDW Miller's Pub (2013)
  67. MDW Manny's Express (2013)
  68. MDW Manny's Deli (2013)
  69. MDW Landings (2013)
  70. MDW Get Snacked (2013)
  71. MDW Eat and Drink.com (2013)
  72. Nuts on Clark - ORD (2012)
  73. Nuts on Clark - MDW (2012)
  74. MDW Taylor Street Market (2012)
  75. MDW Harry Caray's Seventh Inning Stretch (2012)
  76. MDW Sprigs (201​2)
Achiever

  1. Auntie Anne's - T1/C18 and T2/E2 (2019)
  2. Berghoff Cafe - T1/C26 (2019)​
  3. Brighton - T3/H2 (2019)
  4. Brooks Brothers - T3/H2 (2019)
  5. CIBO Express Gourmet Markets - T2 Main, T3/H1 (2019)
  6. InMotion Entertainment - T1/B7, T3/H2 (2019)
  7. Johnston & Murphy - T1/B6
  8. Terminal Gateway Spa - T1/B12, T3/H1, T3/H6 (2019)
  9. ​McDonald's - Lott Organization (T1/B, T1/C, T2/E/F, T3 /L, T5) (2017)​
  10. McDonald's - Mendez/Herrera/Lawrence Organization (T3/H, T3/K, T3/H/K) (2017)​
  11. McDonald's - Fuentes Organization​ (A,B) (2017)​​
  12. Wicker Park - T2, Main (2014)
  13. La Tapenade - T3/H14 (2014)​
  14. ​Galileo Bar - T1/B20 (2014)
  15. Farmer's Market - T1/C7 (2014)
  16. Eli's Cheesecake - T1/B9(2014)


Design & Construction

SAM Design & Construction (DC) certification encourages airport designers and contractors to implement sustainable practices to reduce the environmental impacts of not only the design features of a given project, but also construction activities, and the operational aspects of the building or infrastructure project. Specifically, the rating system addresses site issues, water and energy usage, materials and resources used for building the project, waste management and indoor/outdoor environmental quality.

4 Airplane Rating

  1. South Air Traffic Control Tower (2019)
  2. MDW CONRAC - Con​struction (2013)
  3. MDW CONRAC - Design (2013)​
  4. United Cargo Building - Construction (2013)
  5. United Cargo Building - Design (2013)
  6. Signature Flight Support - Construction (2012)
  7. North Air Traffic Control Tower - Construction (2011)​
  8. Relocation of Mt. Prospect Rd. and Guard Post 1 - Construction (2011)
  9. North Air Traffic Control Tower - Design (2006)
  10. Relocation of Mt. Prospect Rd. and Guard Post 1 - Design (2006)

3 Airplane Rating

  1. Runway 10C-28C (2015)
  2. Taxiway WK and Enabling Projects - Construction (2015)
  3. North Detention Basin Expansion (2015)​
  4. Taxiway WK and Enabling Projects - Design (2017)​​
  5. Taxiway LL - Construction (2017)​
  6. Taxiway LL Grading, Drainage, Paving, and Electrical - Design (2015)​
  7. FedEx Cargo Relocation - WSC - Construction (2014)​
  8. FedEx Cargo Relocation - W​​SC - Design (2014)
  9. ​​Signature Flight Support - Des​ign (2012)
  10. Taxiway​ ZS - Construction (2012)​
  11. Enterprise Rental Car Facility - Construction​ (2011)
  12. Enterprise Rental Car Facility - Design (2011)​
  13. Runway 10C-28C Mass Grading (E) S. Basin & Pump Station - Construction (2011)​
  14. North Basin Pump Station & Spillway - Construction (2011)​​​
  15. North Basin Pump Station & Spillway - Design (2007)

2 Airplane Rating

  1. MDW Airside Roadway Rehab (2019)​
  2. DHL Global Forwarding - Building 895 (2017)
  3. Runway 10R-28L Site Prep (2017)
  4. Taxiway LL - Construction (2017)
  5. I-190 Entrance/Exit Roadway Rehab - Design (2017)
  6. East Cooling Tower Replacement - Construction (2017)
  7. Taxiway LL Grading, Drainage, Paving, and Electrical - Construction (2017)
  8. Trunk Sewer System E - Construction (2014)
  9. Trunk Sewer System E - Design (2014)​
  10. Runway 10C-28C West - Construction (2014)​
  11. UPRR Relocation South of Irving Park Rd. to Franklin Bridge - Central - Construction (2014)
  12. UPRR Relocation North of Irving Park Rd. - Construction (2012)
  13. UPRR Relocation North of Irving Park Rd. - North - Design (2012)
  14. Runway  10C-28C East & Taxiways - Construction (2012)​
  15. Runway 10C-28C Paving & Electric (East) & NAVAIDS - Design (2011)
  16. Runway 10L Mass Grading, Central Basin, & Pump Station - Construction (2011)​
  17. Airfield Vaults and Associated Duct Banks - Construction (2011)​​
  18. Runway 9L-27R Site Preparation - Construction (2011)
  19. American Airlines Parking Lot Relocation - Construction (2008)
  20. Displaced Threshold for Runway 14L NAVAIDS - Construction (2007)
  21. Displaced Threshold for Runway 14L NAVAIDS -Design (2007)​
  22. South Airfield Lighting Control Vault - Design (2006)
  23. South Service Roads - Design (2006)
  24. American Airlines Parking Lot Relocation - Design (2006)
  25. LLWAS #8 - Construction​ (2006)

1 Airplane Rating​

  1. American Airlines L Concourse Stinger (2020)
  2. AMC Expansion (2020)​
  3. CDF Ramp Tower (2020)
  4. FedEx Glycol Dispensing System (2020)​
  5. Runway 9C-27C NE Package FBO Relocation (2019)
  6. Concourse H/K & Building 8C HVAC Upgrades - Design Only (2019)
  7. Emergency & Standby System Replacement Generators 1-6 (2019)
  8. H&R Building Switchgear Replacement (2019)
  9. Heating & Refrigeration Roof Replacement (2019)
  10. ​​RTR - R (2017)
  11. RTR - S (2017)
  12. Runway 10R-28L East Utilities/Guard Post (2017)​
  13. Taxiways K&L (2017)
  14. Runway 10R-28L NAVAIDS FOTS (2017)
  15. Runway 10R-28L Paving Lighting Signage (2017)
  16. Runway 10R-28L Safety And Security (2017)
  17. Runway 9C-27C Northeast Package (2017)​
  18. ARFF Burn Pit Paving (2017)
  19. Taxiway WQ Rehabilitation (2017)
  20. East Cooling Tower Replacement - Design (2017)
  21. MDW Runway 4R-22L Centerline Lighting/Paving (2017)
  22. Terminal 5 Roof Replacement (2017)​
  23. LLWAS #8 - Design (2014)
  24. ORD Concourse Communication CWAS Generator - Construction (2014)
  25. Fed Ex Cargo Relocation - Cargo - Construction (2014)
  26. Fed Ex Cargo Relocation - Cargo - Design (2014)
  27. ORD Bridge Rehab and Taxiway - Design (2014)
  28. MDW Taxiway Y&K Rehab and South Ramp Improvements - Design (2014)
  29. UPRR Irving Park Rd. Grade Separation - South - Design (2014)
  30. UPRR Irving Park Rd. and Bensenville Ditch Relocations - Central - Design (2014)​
  31. Upper Level Expansion Joint Repair (2014)​
  32. Runway 10C-28C Mass Grading and Runway Construction (Central) - Design (2014)
  33. Low Level Windshear Alert System #8 - Design (2014)​​
  34. MDW Taxiway A - Construction (2012)
  35. MDW Taxiway A - Design (2012)
  36. Taxiway ZS - Design (2012)
  37. Metra and CP Yard Bridge Structures - Construction (2012)
  38. ​Cargo Area Site Preparation and Interim Ditch - Design (2011)
  39. Metra and CP Yard Bridge Structures - Design (2011)
  40. RTR-R - Design (2011)
  41. RTR-S - Design (2011)​
  42. FedEx Vehicle Maintenance Building - Construction (2011)​
  43. Interim Rail (TSD) and Cargo Access Road (OAE) - Construction (2011)​
  44. Runway 10C-28C Paving & Electric (West) - Design (2011)​​
  45. North Airfield ARFF Facility - Construction (2011)
  46. North LLWAS Expansion/Relocation - Construction (2011)
  47. Runway 10C-28C Berms 5 & 6 & 10L Site Prep - Construction (2011)
  48. Runway 10L NAVAIDS "BP5" - Construction (2011)
  49. North Airfield Security Fencing - Construction (2011)
  50. FedEx Vehicle Maintenance Building - Design (2011)​
  51. Fuel System Replacement - Design (2011)
  52. Cargo Area Site Preparation and Interim Ditch - Construction (2011)
  53. Bird Deterrent Wire - Construction (2011)
  54. New Perimeter Road and Fencing - Construction (2011)
  55. Runway 9L-27R Paving & Electrical - Construction (2011)​
  56. Runway 10L Paving & Electrical "BP3" - Construction (2011)​​​
  57. Mt. Prospect Bridge Demolition - Construction (2011)
  58. Runway 9L-27R NAVAIDS - Construction (2011)
  59. ASR-9, RTR-P, and RTR-Q Facilities and FOTS Loop - Construction (2011)
  60. Runway 10L Paving and Electrical "BP3" - Design (2011)
  61. North Airfield ARFF Facility - Design (2008)
  62. South Basin Site Preparation - Construction (2008)
  63. North LLWAS Expansion/Relocation - Design (2008)
  64. NSMJAWA Water Main Relocation - Construction (2008)
  65. North Airfield Security Fencing - Design (2008)
  66. Mt. Prospect Bridge Demolition - Design (2008)
  67. Bird Deterrent Wire - Design (2008)
  68. North Airfield Fence Removal and Misc. Work - Design (2008)
  69. New Perimeter Road and Fencing - Design (2008)
  70. North Airfield Facility Relocations - Design (2007)
  71. Runway 10L NAVAIDS "BP5" - Design (2007)
  72. ASR-9, RTR-P, and RTR-Q Facilities and FOTS Loop - Design (2007)
  73. Runway 9L-27R Paving & Electrical - Design (2007)
  74. Runway 9L-27R NAVAIDS - Design (2007)
  75. Interim Rail (TSD) and Cargo Access Road (OAE) - Design (2007)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  76. North Detention Basin - Design (2006)​
  77. Willow Higgins Creek - Design (2006)
  78. North Airfield Lighting Control Vault - Design (2006)
  79. South Basin Site Preparation - Design (2006)​
  80. JAWA Water Main Relocation - Design (2006​​)​
  81. Runway 10C-28C Berms 5 & 6 & 10L Site Prep - Design (2006)
  82. Runway 10C-28C Mass Grading (East) - Design (2006)
  83. Runway 10L Mass Grading, Central Basin & Pump Station - Design (2006)​​​
  84. Runway 9L-27R Site Preparation - Design (2006)​​
  85. South Airfield Storm Drainage System - 1A, 2A, 3A, B, C, 2D, 3D, 1E, F, G, H - Design (2006)

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The SAM Operations & Maintenance (OM) process is designed to certify the sustainability of day-to-day building operations, maintenance procedures, system upgrades, minor space-use changes, minor facility alterations or additions, and training and educational programs. This SAM OM Chapter applies to airport ​operators and non-terminal tenants and tracks sustainable practices to reduce environmental impacts of the day-to-day activities and their buildings functional life cycles. Specifically, the rating system addresses exterior building site maintenance programs, water and energy usage, environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alterations, sustainable purchasing policies, waste management, and ongoing indoor/outdoor environmental quality, as well as training and education of employees, tenants and the public.

3 Airplane Rating​

  1. AMC Building (2014)​​​