California – February 27, 2017) Marking
another milestone in the modernization of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX),
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and airport officials, using gold shovels,
broke ground today on phase one of the new Midfield Satellite Concourse
(MSC). The $1.6-billion
state-of-the-art, five-level facility and an associated new baggage system will
provide the nation’s second busiest airport with 12 new gates, a greatly
enhanced guest experience, and additional flexibility to accommodate aircraft
while other terminal upgrades at LAX are underway.
“LAX means so much to L.A.’s economy — it’s an
incredible job-creator, employing more than 50,000 people. A record 47.3 million tourists visited our
city last year — that's why we’re investing billions to make it one of the
premier airports in the world,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Midfield Satellite Concourse is a
transformational project that will put thousands of people to work and help
extend L.A.’s worldwide reach even further.
quickly becoming the world-class airport that Angelenos demand and
deserve," said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, whose district
includes LAX. "I am especially
excited that the Midfield Satellite Concourse will incorporate a number of
sustainability features, such as using passive daylight lighting for the
interior spaces, water-saving plumbing fixtures and a cool roof that reduces
heat absorption. These eco-friendly
features will go a long way to minimizing the environmental impact of this
needed new facility, and will further LAWA's commitment to make LAX a world-class
airport that is also a first-class neighbor."
“As chair of the
committee that oversees LAX, I am thrilled to help break ground on a project
that will help transform our airport into the state-of-the-art, environmentally
friendly, amenity-filled, and beautiful facility it needs to be, said Los
Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.
“The Midfield Satellite Concourse project will employ thousands and
is ground zero for new construction and infrastructure investment. Our downtown is growing, our public
transportation infrastructure is expanding, our waterfront is developing, and
so it is appropriate that we are investing billions into modernizing the second
busiest airport in the country," said Councilmember Joe Buscaino.
Designed as an
extension of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the new 750,000-square-foot
concourse will be located west of TBIT and connected by a 1,000-foot-long
underground pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways. Buses will also be used to transport
passengers between the concourse and other terminals. In addition, the facility will feature an
early-bag storage and baggage make-up system to serve the added gates. A
companion Baggage Optimization Project will also include additional baggage
services to serve existing TBIT gates.
long-awaited element of LAX’s massive modernization effort continues the
transformation of LAX,” said Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners
President Sean Burton. “With nearly 81
million passengers in 2016, and projections for more in the future, LAX is
leading the nation in airport infrastructure improvement with innovative
design, state-of-the-art features and efficiencies that will return LAX to
iconic status and give travelers the world-class experience they expect and
features include a new TBIT Gateway connecting point, taxilanes/taxiways, apron
and utilities. Two of the new gates will
accommodate the larger Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8 jets, with the remaining 10
gates accommodating Boeing 777s and 787s, and the Airbus 330s and 350s. The new gates are also expected to reduce the
airport’s current reliance on remote gates on the west side of the airfield,
which lack passenger services, concessions and other amenities.
Midfield Satellite Concourse and Baggage Optimization construction program encompasses
a total of 1,052,000 square feet and is expected to become operational in late
2019. The new baggage system, when
completed, will accommodate the immediate and future need for processing
outbound bags, and will be the largest integrated baggage carrier system in the
will soon experience LAX in a new and exciting way,” said Los Angeles World
Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint.
“With our vision of delivering gold-standard airports, the Midfield
Satellite Concourse will be built with sustainability principles and
architectural features that reflect Los Angeles with great views and natural
daylight. We will provide our guests a
new concourse ready for the technology enhancements of tomorrow.”
construction is expected to involve up to 6,000 trade workers, with direct
wages surpassing $300 million, and at least 15 percent of the work will be
performed by Small Business Enterprises.
When completed, a few hundred permanent jobs are expected to be created,
primarily to staff new concessions and service new flights.
The MSC is being
constructed by Turner/PCL Joint Venture and designed by their partners, Corgan
in association with Gensler and gkkworks.
The joint venture will also build additional infrastructure for the
Baggage Optimization Project, while Tom Bradley International Terminal
Equipment Company (TBITEC) has hired Vanderlande to design, build and install
the baggage system, including belts, conveyors and carousels.
the 250 subcontractors involved in the design and construction of the MSC, more
than half are based in Los Angeles County.
Enhanced Guest Experience
architectural design of the Midfield Satellite Concourse will allow for great
views and natural daylight in public spaces.
Complementing the architecture of TBIT, the new concourse will feature a
roof emulating an ocean wave prior to breaking on the shore. The interior will include 44,000 square feet
of “LA-centric” food-and-beverage and retail offerings, along with 60,000
square feet of airline club space between the concourse and TBIT Gateway.
More than 2,000
linear feet of moving walkways and 32 elevators will be included in the new concourse. Arriving international passengers will use
one of two elevated concourse corridors to traverse to the TBIT Federal
Inspection Station facility. The
corridors will flank either side of the concourse and provide a visual
connection to the concourse exterior, as well as to activities below. Two of the 12 gates will allow arriving
passengers access to ground-level bus stations where they can to be transported
to other terminals.
The new building
design allows for current and future technology enhancements, making it one of
the “smartest” concourses in the world for passengers. Flight information displays will include
scanners that allow passengers to receive personalized maps on their boarding
passes. Beacon technology will work with
a new LAX app on smartphones, so passengers can easily find where they are
going, concessions and other concourse features.
technology will provide key information on how passengers use the airport so
experiences can be improved. The
concourse will be built with future technology enhancements in mind, including
automated boarding gates that make use of biometrics, including facial
geometry, fingerprints or iris scanning for identification.
The new concourse
is also being designed with sustainability in mind, and with the directive to
achieve LEED Silver and CAL Green Tier 1 certifications. Sustainable methods include using daylight
wherever possible, energy and water conservation, reducing heat generated by
building roofs and pavement, and using recycled materials.
The LAX Arts
Program will present rotating art exhibitions and performances in seven
locations throughout the MSC. As
passengers make their way through the concourse, they will have an opportunity
to experience art at all stages of their journey, including a gallery that will
allow for cutting-edge installations and traditional art exhibitions.
construction is taking place on the airfield and will have minimal impact on
passengers. The TBIT Gateway and
pedestrian tunnel construction around TBIT will be phased so that no more than
two TBIT gates will be closed at any time.
About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX is the seventh busiest airport in the
world and second in the United States. LAX served more than 80.9 million
passengers in 2016. LAX offers 742 daily nonstop flights to 101 cities in
the U.S. and 1,280 weekly nonstop flights to 77 cities in 42 countries on 64
commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the
U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.1 million tons of air
cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX handled 655,564 operations
(landings and takeoffs) in 2015.
An economic study based on 2014 operations
reported LAX generated 620,610 jobs in Southern California with labor income of
$37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6
billion. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and
$8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s
ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs
with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966
million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.
LAX is part of a system of two Southern
California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and
operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of
Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.
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