For Immediate Release
Aug. 6, 2019
Charles H. Pannunzio
A map of the site for the proposed MSC South shows its location relative to the MSC North and the American Airlines Superbay Hangar.
(Los Angeles, CA) The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) voted unanimously Thursday to select Woods Bagot for design services for the proposed Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) South. The value of the contract is up to $12 million.
The MSC South will be an eight-gate complex connected to the MSC North, which is currently under construction on the airfield west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
“The MSC South project will economically deliver new domestic contact gates that provide our guests with a significantly improved experience and allow them to take advantage of our recent investments at Tom Bradley International Terminal and MSC North," said Hans Thilenius, Deputy Executive Director for the Terminal Development Improvement Program, Los Angeles World Airports. “We intend to use pre-engineered structural systems, which will aid in building these gates expeditiously and without significant impact to our operations.”
The MSC South will be a two-story, pre-engineered structure providing eight gates that can serve Group III aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 family. The new concourse will provide additional domestic gates that further reduce reliance on remote gates allow guests using the facility to access concessions, services and lounge areas at Tom Bradley and the new MSC North. The MSC North is currently under construction and expected to open next summer with 12 new gates.
The Woods Bagot team demonstrated a wealth of experience and creativity in their technical proposal, according to a report LAWA officials prepared for the BOAC. Woods Bagot is is a global architectural firm with offices in San Francisco, London, Singapore, Dubai, Sydney, and Abu Dhabi among others. It has designed a number of airport projects, including the recently opened Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport. At LAX, Woods Bagot served as the lead architect/designer for the Joint Business Lounge in TBIT shared by Qantas, Cathay Pacific, and British Airways.
The Woods Bagot team was judged to have the highest technical score and the best financial proposal among the firms responding to a Request for Proposals. It hits high marks for inclusivity, with more than 40 percent Local Business Enterprise (LBE) and more than 25 percent Small Business Enterprise (SBE).
A program-level analysis of the planned southerly extension of the MSC was included in an Environmental Impact Report approved by BOAC in July 2014. The target construction schedule is from 2020-2022 with a target operational date of early 2023. Current plans call for the facility to be built to LEED silver standards.
LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.
LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. 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 was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. 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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