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Sept. 7, 2021
LAX Public Relations
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The West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal, which opened in May, has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

(Los Angeles, CA) The West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal, a stunning addition to the world-famous international terminal which opened earlier this year with 15 gates and advanced technology, has earned Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

"The certification of the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal at the LEED Gold level is a reflection of our Board of Airport Commissioners' vision to ensure a sustainable future for our airports," said Beatrice Hsu, President, Board of Airport Commissioners. “LAX and Van Nuys Airport are charting a course toward a greater mix of renewable energy, efficient design and thoughtful planning that is setting new standards for the airport industry.”
"Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is creating efficient, sustainable facilities with the guest experience at its core, and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal is an example of how we can reimagine the LAX experience from the ground up," said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. "We are continuing to design, build and deliver a new LAX that offers the best amenities, state-of-the-art technology and sustainable features."

The $1.7-billion West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal facility opened in May. It is one of the most modern airport facilities in the world, offering cutting-edge technology, stunning architecture, a checked-bag storage system, biometric boarding gates and more.

Some of the facility's sustainability features include:

  • "Cool" roofing and paving materials that reduce heat absorption
  • Reduction of electricity consumption by 29 percent through a combination of incorporating daylighting, insulated glass, efficient HVAC and smart interior lighting design systems
  • Reduction of 41 percent in potable water consumption, led by the installation of water-saving plumbing fixtures and complemented by a gray water system, allowing for a larger reduction in potable water use
  • Use of more than 24-percent recycled content in the building, 10 percent of materials from local resources, and 80 percent of all new wood products from certified sources
  • Diversion of 98 percent of its construction waste from landfills

The building was designed with sustainability in mind as part of LAWA's Sustainable Design and Construction Policy. Adopted in 2017, the policy requires applicable new building construction and renovation projects to be designed to achieve LEED Silver or higher, which requires at least 50 points in the USGBC’s scoring system. This is also the standard for new projects built by the City of Los Angeles and its proprietary agencies, including LAWA. The West Gates at Tom Bradley exceeds those standards with the higher Gold rating.

The joint venture of Turner-PCL served as the contractor for the project, with Corgan and Gensler serving as architects.


Other LAX projects to achieve LEED Gold certification include the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the Central Utility Plant and Alaska Airlines' Board Room Lounge in Terminal 6.

Click here for a fact sheet about the West Gates at Tom Bradley.
Click here to watch the grand opening event from May.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

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 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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