SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

November 18, 2008 04:55 ET

Los Angeles World Airports Unveils Vision Design Concepts for LAX's Bradley West and Midfield Concourse Projects

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - Los Angeles city and airport officials have unveiled architectural vision design concepts for the west side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and a new midfield concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

City officials described the action as a milestone in their efforts "to modernize the hub of Southern California's air transportation system and restore it to the premier international gateway the airlines need and the City of Angels deserves."

While the concepts still have to undergo a rigorous environmental review process, including public review and comments, City officials consider the introduction of the concepts as a "flying start" in the "transformation of LAX into a 21st century airport, prepared for a new era in aviation."

Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners President Alan Rothenberg said, "The emphasis of our airport modernization program is to dramatically improve the passenger experience from curbside to airside with a design that captures the spirit of Los Angeles, establishes new levels of passenger convenience, and exudes a sense of welcome and a comfortable pace for the harried traveler."

The conceptual design unveiled includes new aircraft gates on the west side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and a new midfield concourse that could accommodate today's wide-body aircraft, as well as new-generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

By 2012, LAX is expected to serve more A380 flights than any other airport in North America. And, according to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, currently, one daily international roundtrip of a wide-body aircraft to LAX generates $623 million in economic activity annually, more than 3,000 local jobs, and $156 million in wages.

Airport officials anticipate the first set of proposed aircraft gates on the west side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal to be completed by 2012. The entire "Bradley West" Project would be completed in seven years, generating an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 jobs during that time.

The design vision concepts resulted from numerous meetings held during the past summer between the architectural design and planning team and members of the residential, business, airline, travel and tourism, airport employee and other stakeholder communities.

Nearly 100 of the meeting participants attended the unveiling of a large 8-foot-by-12-foot architectural model, a second 4-foot-by-6-foot side-view model, and several architectural renderings that depict the building's interior from a passenger's perspective.

Created by Fentress Architects of Denver, the dynamic new design concepts are inspired by the Pacific Ocean west of LAX, with roof tops flowing as rhythmic waves breaking on the shore. Flat-seam stainless steel stretches over column-free structures, creating an architectural design that unifies the entire airport with a cohesive theme. The design also honors the iconic Theme Building, which ushered in the Jet Age at LAX when built in 1961. The long association of LAX with the historic building and its parabolic aches are incorporated into the design concept with two arched bridges that increase in size toward the West, just as planes take off and gain altitude over the Pacific Ocean.

The projects also are expected to address Los Angeles World Airports' goal for a "greener" LAX. In accordance with LAWA's Sustainable Design and Construction Guidelines that were released in 2007, LAWA's construction projects must optimize the use of recycled building materials, minimize the amount of energy used in construction, and optimize energy efficiency. The architectural design process takes into account LAWA's intention to apply for the highest level possible in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution photos of the architectural model and interior renderings, as well as high-resolution digital video is available for non-commercial news purposes by downloading from the LAWA Electronic Newsroom for Media at www.lawamedia.org.)

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