Los Angeles Airport breaks ground on $1.6bn expansion project


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has broken ground on the first phase of its new $1.6bn Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC).

The new five-storey concourse, which is an extension of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), will cover an area of 69,700 sq m. The facility will be linked to the terminal by a 1,000ft-long underground pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways.  

It will feature 12 new gates, two of which will accommodate the larger Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8 jets. The remaining will accommodate the Boeing 777s and 787s, and Airbus 330s and 350s.

The new concourse will also incorporate several sustainable features including the use of daylight wherever possible, energy and water conservation, the construction of building roofs and pavement to reduce the heat produced, and the use of recycled materials.

The facility will include an early-bag storage and baggage make-up system, which is expected to be the largest integrated baggage carrier system in the US.
Altogether, the Midfield Satellite Concourse and Baggage Optimization construction program, expected to be operational in 2019, will cover a total area of 97,700 sq m.

Los Angeles World Airports’ CEO Deborah Flint said: “Our passengers will soon experience LAX in a new and exciting way. With our vision of delivering gold-standard airports, the Midfield Satellite Concourse will be built with sustainability principles and architectural features that reflect Los Angeles with great views and natural daylight. We will provide our guests a new concourse ready for the technology enhancements of tomorrow.”

MSC will be constructed by a joint venture of Turner/PCL, and designed by Corgan in association with Gensler and gkkworks.

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