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LA council approves $1.5B Bradley terminal expansion

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LA council approves $1.5B Bradley terminal expansion
By Art Marroquin Staff Writer
Posted: 10/14/2009 05:48:18 PM PDT

A $1.5 billion makeover aimed at handling more overseas travelers and accommodating larger jetliners at Los Angeles International Airport was approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

Airport officials plan to expand the Tom Bradley International Terminal by 1 million square feet to make room for ticketing desks, security screening, lounges, shops and restaurants.

The project, dubbed "Bradley West," also calls for building nine new airline gates capable of handling the next generation of super-sized jumbo jets, including the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Two of the new airline gates are scheduled to open by the start of 2012, while the overall project is expected to be completed by mid-2013 and funded entirely by the sale of airport bonds.

The airport commission last month signed off on the environmental impact report for Bradley West, and is scheduled on Monday to consider a pair of construction contracts for the massive project, said Michael Molina, LAX's senior director of external affairs.
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LA council approves $1.5B Bradley terminal expansion
By Art Marroquin Staff Writer
Posted: 10/14/2009 05:48:18 PM PDT

A $1.5 billion makeover aimed at handling more overseas travelers and accommodating larger jetliners at Los Angeles International Airport was approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

Airport officials plan to expand the Tom Bradley International Terminal by 1 million square feet to make room for ticketing desks, security screening, lounges, shops and restaurants.

The project, dubbed "Bradley West," also calls for building nine new airline gates capable of handling the next generation of super-sized jumbo jets, including the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Two of the new airline gates are scheduled to open by the start of 2012, while the overall project is expected to be completed by mid-2013 and funded entirely by the sale of airport bonds.

The airport commission last month signed off on the environmental impact report for Bradley West, and is scheduled on Monday to consider a pair of construction contracts for the massive project, said Michael Molina, LAX's senior director of external affairs.
Will this project include a people mover or Green Line extension?
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I think the people mover is dead. Not sure, though.
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Will this project include a people mover or Green Line extension?
The people mover is a separate project, but is included in the overall LAX Master Plan.
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From the Daily Breeze:

Board eyeing $1.13 billion in LAX upgrades

By Art Marroquin Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2009 10:46:12 PM PDT


Each new gate built at the Tom Bradley International Terminal will be capable of serving supersized jetliners.

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners is poised Monday to consider a pair of construction contracts totaling $1.13 billion to build nine new airline gates and add 1 million square feet to the Tom Bradley International Terminal by 2013.

If approved, the move would mark the largest awarding of construction contracts at one time for a single project in city history, funded through a combination of bonds and airport revenues, said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles International Airport.

"This is the front door to the United States for millions of international passengers every year, but our front door has, for years, not really reflected the city," Lindsey said. "This project is going to be a tangible way for our front door to be significantly upgraded and something that the city can be proud of."

The first contract, worth more than $545.5 million, calls on the Phoenix-based joint venture of Austin Commercial and Walsh Construction Co. to build nine new airline gates for the so-called Bradley West terminal.

Each gate will be equipped with dual passenger loading bridges and spacious concourses capable of handling passengers arriving and departing on supersized jetliners such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Two years ago, Lindsey promised the Los Angeles City Council that at least two of those gates would be built by January 2012, and said she has remained steadfast to that commitment.

The second contract, worth $584.2 million, would require Austin-Walsh to demolish the Bradley terminal's old concourse area and build a pair of new concourses on the north and south sides of the structure, leading to the addition of 1 million square feet for shops, restaurants, ticketing desks, security screening and baggage claim areas.

The contract would also cover construction costs for an expanded federal customs inspection area and a pair of secured corridors connecting with Terminals 3 and 4 to provide easier access for airline passengers needing to catch another flight.

"This is the defining moment of LAX and its modernization, and clearly puts us out front in making this the airport of the future," said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes LAX. "I believe that people coming to America for the first time will be pleased to see this place when it's all done."

Austin-Walsh was awarded a separate $10.9 million contract in April for pre-construction services related to the Bradley West project.

While the Austin-Walsh venture did not submit the lowest construction bid, the group was selected "based on a formula that calculated the proposed contract fee, their experience in handling large projects and the scoring factors that our selection team had rated them on," Lindsey said.

More than 30 airlines operate from the Bradley terminal, which was built just before the 1984 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles.

Even though the airport has spent about $700 million over the last several years to refurbish the aging terminal, the project did not allow officials to build new facilities beyond the original footprint.

"We went into that initial project with eyes wide open and we fully appreciate and recognize what was accomplished, but we were never sure if and when the Bradley West project would ever be implemented," said Frank Clark, head of LAXTEC Corp., the agency that represents the airlines operating in the Bradley terminal.

An environmental impact report for the Bradley West project was finally approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council and was green-lighted as part of a legal settlement reached nearly four years ago, when it was listed as one of several projects that could proceed as part of the overall LAX modernization plan.

The Bradley West project is expected to generate an estimated 4,000 jobs for the region, but the construction comes as fewer overseas travelers are passing through LAX amid the ongoing economic recession.

"I think this is a huge deal for the airport and for the city because there aren't a lot of fabulous things happening right now," Lindsey said. "There's a kind of symbolism in building something grand and new, and to generate some jobs at a time when a lot of the news we're hearing isn't so happy."

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Im curious where this fits in to the overall plan as first revealed on page one?
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From the Los Angeles Times:

Major modernization contracts for LAX approved

October 19, 2009 | 5:56 pm



More than $1.1 billion in construction contracts to renovate facilities at Los Angeles International Airport were approved today by L.A.'s airport commission.

The plan, a major step in the modernization of LAX, also calls for building new gates to accommodate the next generation of large commercial planes.

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded two contracts to the Walsh Austin Joint Venture, which will reconfigure the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

“This action is a tremendous step forward in the modernization of LAX,” said commissioner Walt Zifkin. “Nothing has really happened since 1984. Hopefully, it won’t take this long to do the next modernization project.”

The Bradley terminal “is the centerpiece of the current modernization program,” Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, said in an earlier interview. “The project will change how the airport looks to passengers and how international passengers arrive and depart. We are completely redoing the front door.”

Airport officials plan to add 1 million square feet of space to the terminal to make room for ticket counters, security checkpoints and passenger lounges, as well as expanded customs and immigration facilities. Restaurants and retail stores will occupy a grand central hall.


The so-called Bradley West project also calls for nine new gates that will handle the latest in large commercial airliners, such the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the giant Airbus A380, which can carry more than 800 passengers depending on the seating arrangement.

Two of the gates are scheduled to open by January 2012. The overall project is expected to be completed by mid-2013.

Except for the current remodeling of the terminal’s interior, it has not had any major improvements since the 1984 Summer Olympics. The aging facility often receives poor to average marks from passengers and airlines.

Airport officials are proceeding with the Bradley project despite a severe national recession and the worst economic downturn in the history of the airline industry, which has led to the cancellation and postponement of orders for aircraft, including the new wide-body designs. As a result, major airports around the country have been postponing expensive improvement projects.

The latest forecasts by the Boyd Group, an aviation research and consulting firm in Colorado, predict that the number of passengers at LAX will decline from about 59 million in 2008 to about 55 million by the end of this year. The volume is expected to dip to 51 million in 2011 and recover somewhat by 2014. The passenger volume at LAX peaked at about 68 million in 2000.

Despite the economy, Lindsey said she is optimistic that the airport will be able to finance the project by selling bonds to investors in the months ahead. To cover the debt payments, she said, the airport must carefully manage its operations to save money, increase revenue from concessions and parking, push Congress to increase the passenger-facilities fee and gradually raise fees and rents for the airlines.

-- Dan Weikel

Photo: Architectural rendering of the Bradley West concourse. Credit: Fentress Associates / Los Angeles World Airports
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My mistake, it does in fact include a Green Line extension. Janice Hahn says that it'll go directly into the airport, but that's the first time I've ever heard of such a plan. All the talk I've heard has it connecting with a people mover at Century/Aviation.

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A larger rendering of the Great Hall...

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these renderings look so 80s. how uninteresting. was this the best we could do with 1.5 billion dollars?

well, the fact that we're getting something done is a miracle. go la.
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these renderings look so 80s. how uninteresting. was this the best we could do with 1.5 billion dollars?

well, the fact that we're getting something done is a miracle. go la.
Would a modern design still look okay after 30 or 40 years? Remember, at one time we actually thought avocado paint was da bomb...
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My mistake, it does in fact include a Green Line extension. Janice Hahn says that it'll go directly into the airport, but that's the first time I've ever heard of such a plan. All the talk I've heard has it connecting with a people mover at Century/Aviation.

http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk...rade-approved/
Does anyone have a map of the proposed Green Line extension? Will it be a subway (like 7th/Metro)?
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^So if they are building the mid-field gates, is the bridge included in these contracts? Or are we still going to get stuck with busses?
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I don't believe the midfield concourse or the bridge are part of this phase. I think this is what the recent contract included (including the demolition of the existing concourses)-



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these renderings look so 80s. how uninteresting. was this the best we could do with 1.5 billion dollars?

well, the fact that we're getting something done is a miracle. go la.


At least much of the airport will have that "wavy" architecture to it, which couldn't be more symbolic.
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these renderings look so 80s. how uninteresting. was this the best we could do with 1.5 billion dollars?

well, the fact that we're getting something done is a miracle. go la.
I don't think there's anything 80s about it. If anything, it's very "airport architecture" of the last 10-15 years.

The Delta Terminal at LAX (Terminal 5), now THAT is definitely 80s:


From josephcduda-architecture.com

It looks like fricking South Coast Plaza circa 1986. All it needs is a Jay Jacobs, The Limited and Contempo Casuals and like, it would be really rad! Granted, that's also a vintage photo. But I'm sure it still looks like that, haha (I haven't been inside Terminal 5 in decades)!
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these renderings look so 80s. how uninteresting. was this the best we could do with 1.5 billion dollars?

well, the fact that we're getting something done is a miracle. go la.
If anything, it instantly reminded me of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi. I think it looks terrific.
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Too bad they arent redoing the renovated entrance to TBIT. The architecture of it all will look sort of disjointed. O well still is a cool design. Not many concourses in the states with that kind of architecture.
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I thought the second/western concourse, the bridge, and the new "great hall" ticketing/retail center in the Central Terminal Parking Area were part of these 2 contracts -- in addition to the first/eastern concourse which is set to replace the exising concourse.

My reasoning is as follows: The existing concourse is planned to be demolished during construction. If it is, what gates will flights use at the international terminal in the interim? -- ie, during demolition of the existing concourse and construction of the one? In my head, it only makes sense that both new concourses are built with this contract. I imagine that the western-most concourse will be built first, allowing for the demolition of the existing concourse and the construction of the eastern concourse in its stead.

Does this make sense to anyone else? It's a shame the news articles haven't been clear as to what exactly the contracts were for the construction of.
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^ Only the Bradley West project is part of the contract; the Midfield Satellite Concourse will come later. The existing concourses will not be demolished until after the new ones are constructed.
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