HDR appointed to lead design of LAX automated people mover


US-based architectural, engineering and consulting firm HDR has been appointed to lead the design of the Los Angeles International Airport automated people mover (APM).

A member of the LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) P3 team, HDR will lead designs for fixed facilities for the system, with a design and construction value of $1.95bn.

The APM is a major component of the landside access modernisation programme of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

Utility relocations will begin in 2018 and construction of the remainder of facilities will begin in 2019. The project is scheduled for completion in 2023, five years ahead of the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

HDR’s scope of work includes final design of 2.25 miles of elevated guideway and five automated people mover stations, along with elevators and escalators, elevated passenger walkway structures with moving walkways between stations and terminals, parking garages, roadway and landscape improvements.

A maintenance and storage facility will also be established for the electric trains.

The HDR team has introduced several technical design innovations, including engineering the guideway to avoid two existing parking structures, and placing the vehicle maintenance and storage facility at ground level instead of at the elevated guideway level, which will cut down construction time and cost and simplify future facility expansion.

LINXS, which was awarded the $4.9bn PPP contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the APM system for 30 years, comprises Fluor, Balfour Beatty, ACS Infrastructure Development, Dragados USA, Hochtief PPP Solutions, Flatiron and Bombardier Transportation.

HDR is the lead designer for the design-build team, with HNTB as design sub-consultant.

Bombardier Transportation will provide the automated people mover operating system along with all vehicles.

The project is expected to offer a maximum ridership capacity of 10,000 passengers per hour and up to 87.7 million passengers per annum.

Station platforms will be open air. The trains will arrive every two minutes.

LAWA said in a statement: “The APM will reduce vehicle congestion in the terminal loop, provide a connection with LA Metro’s regional transportation system, create new and convenient locations for passenger pick-up and drop-off outside of the terminal loop, reduce emissions, and provide reliable access to the terminals.”

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