LOS ANGELES BOARD OF AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS APPROVES FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH SKANSKA FOR ROADWAYS, UTILITIES AND ENABLING PROJECTS
09/03/2020 03:00 PM
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Sept. 3, 2020
LAX Public Relations (424) 646-5430
LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS' BOARD OF AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS APPROVES FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH SKANSKA FOR ROADWAYS, UTILITIES AND ENABLING PROJECTS
Contract includes several key individual projects and enabling work directly related to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program
98th Street (above) will be extended to the 405 freeway as part of this project contract.
(Los Angeles) Today, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved the selection of Skanska USA Civil West California District, Inc. as the Design-Builder for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Roadways, Utilities and Enabling (RUE) project. RUE will be responsible for several key individual projects and enabling work directly related to the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP).
“The projects to be delivered through this agreement with our partner Skanska are an integral part of delivering our LAMP program and other major capital improvements that will transform the LAX experience,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO, LAWA. “These projects also will allow LAWA to continue leading the way in creating opportunities for small and local businesses.”
The five-year $334.9 million contract will provide for the next phase of enabling projects for the LAMP, focusing on high-priority projects necessary to support the Automated People Mover (APM), Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF)-West. The first phase of work, the LAWA Utility and LAMP Enabling Project (LULEP), wrapped up in May after completion of 38 various projects to support the LAMP.
The RUE project includes 16 different projects. The highlight is the 98th Street extension, which will extend that roadway from where it currently ends at Bellanca Avenue to the 405 Freeway, where improvements to the southbound freeway on- and off-ramps will also be completed. RUE also includes new wayfinding signage, which will be pivotal in helping travelers navigate the new LAX landscape once the LAMP is completed.
Utility relocations are already underway in preparation for extending 98th Street to the 405 freeway.
The contract also requires strong commitments to business and workforce inclusion. Skanska must meet LAWA’S business inclusion requirements, which call for Skanska to subcontract no less than 20% of the contract value to Small Business Enterprises, 7% to Local Business Enterprises, 3% to Local, Small Business Enterprises and 3% to Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises.
Additionally, no less than 30% of the project’s construction workforce must be residents of the local area, inclusive of the City of LA, Inglewood, Lennox, and other adjacent communities. There is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with organizations serving the airport impact area population, including LAWA’s own HireLAX. The contract also features a project-specific community benefits agreement that includes enhanced efforts to hire local and disadvantaged workers, including those who are launching careers after past involvement in the criminal justice system.
LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and a 12- to 15-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.
LAX generates 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 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 (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City's general fund.
LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airport Councils International-Europe.
LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.
LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the "Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience" in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of "The World's Best Airports for Business Travelers" (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).
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