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LAX Opens $1.73B West Gates Concourse

Thursday, May 27, 2021

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A new $1.73 billion concourse opened at the beginning of the week at Los Angeles International Airport. The 15 West Gates are part of a larger $14.5 billion modernization project at LAX.

Located just west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the five-level, 750,000-square-foot concourse is 1,700 feet long.

“As people come back, I’m sure you’ve all had this experience too, people are saying, ‘wow. I can’t believe how good LAX looks,’” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a ceremony on Monday. “We’ve essentially built a new airport while we were running one of the busiest airports in the world.”

The West Gates also feature an ocean wave-inspired design with nearly 60,000 square feet of lounge space, and includes two nursing rooms, a service-animal relief area, a quiet room, three children’s play areas and space for live performances and art exhibits.

The facility is also on track to receive a LEED certification.

LAX Project History

Work is also ongoing to modernize and upgrade LAX terminals 2, 3, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B).

According to reports, the Delta Air Lines-led project—known as Delta Sky Way—officially kicked off in May 2018 after the Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners approved the project, reported to have been the largest tenant improvement award in its history.

The approval was then followed by a series of projects, with Delta partnering with the Satterfield & Pontikes and STV joint venture, to enable for larger demolition and construction efforts to begin. Enabling work involved the relocation of the Terminal 3 security screening checkpoint, temporary bus gate set up and the realignment of jet bridges.

By April 2019, demolition efforts had officially kicked off on Terminal 3, marking the start of phase one for the Delta Sky Way project. The announcement by Delta was joined by representatives from LAWA, contractor Hensel Phelps, and design firms Gensler and Arup.

“Nearly 10 years ago, we made a commitment to be LA's premier, premium airline. Today, LAX is one of the most important hubs in our network where we operate more than 170 daily flights and connect more passengers to our partner airlines than anywhere else in the U.S.,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian at the time.

“The Delta Sky Way at LAX project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in and transform the airport experience in partnership with LAWA and the City of Los Angeles. Delta is excited and proud to be leading the way not just in LA but in our hubs across the country, with more than $12 billion in airport infrastructure investments in progress over the next few years.”

Once completed, the modernized facility will reportedly offer more security screening capacity, host more gate-are seating, and feature a new concession program in partnership with Westfield Corporation, in addition to traditional Delta amenities.

Other key features and benefits include:

  • A 27-gate complex on Terminals 2 and 3 with a secure connection to Terminal B, enabling Delta and its partners to effectively utilize gates there as well;
  • A new 25,000-square-foot Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck overlooking Terminals 2 and 3;
  • Brand new headhouse with centralized lobby, security screening checkpoint, and baggage claim;
  • Completely reconstructed Terminal 3;
  • A convenient bridge connecting Terminals 2, 3 and B on the secure side of the airport, as well as a dedicated baggage recheck and security checkpoint for seamless connection of international to domestic transfers, enabling significantly faster connections;
  • Premium retail and dining lineup;
  • Convenient and contemporary restroom facilities;
  • More access to power in the gate areas;
  • Modern and intuitive signage;
  • State-of-the-art finishes;
  • Emergency power generators for better operational recovery;
  • Connection to the automated people mover, which is expected to be fully operational in 2023; and
  • Airfield efficiency including dual taxi lanes.

In November last year, Garcetti announced that lower passenger volumes have paved the way for accelerated construction on the Delta Sky Way project, so much so, that the project is now expected to reach completion by mid-2023, instead of late 2024—roughly 18 months ahead of schedule.

Officials have added that in addition to the early completion, renovations to the consolidated check-in lobby, security checkpoint and baggage claim facility could be completed as early as the first quarter of 2022. By 2023, connectivity improvements will provide better access to the LAX Automated People Mover as well.


Tagged categories: Airports; Commercial Construction; Completed projects; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Ongoing projects

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