Hollywood Airport Breaks Ground for Terminal


The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority recently celebrated the start of construction on what is anticipated to be a new, modern and safer terminal at the Hollywood Burbank Airport in California.

The project, also known as “Elevate BUR,” is anticipated to cost $1.2 billion and replace the over 90-year-old existing structure.

About the Project

Back in 2016, Burbank residents approved Measure B to allow a new 14-gate, 355,000-square-foot replacement terminal to be built with up to 6,637 parking spaces.

According to a release on the project’s website, the new 355,000 square-foot terminal is being built to meet Federal Aviation Administration safety standards and State building requirements, while also improving the overall passenger experience.

“When we talk about safety, for a building that was opened in 1930 obviously the earthquake codes have changed and the new terminal building will of course will be able comply with all of that,” said airport Executive Director Frank Miller.

“The FAA standpoint is that the building is too close to an active runway and taxiway. And this gives us the ability to move the terminal farther away from the active runway and meet the current criteria of the FAA.”

In April last year, the authority commissioners voted to move forward with the design concept known as “The Icon.” This design was reportedly inspired by the “glitz and glamour” of Hollywood, while also recognizing the film industry’s roots.

Additionally, an overarching canopy that morphs into the façade of the garage will reportedly be reminiscent of a silver screen in the public plaza.

Other key features of the project include:

  • New Amenities: The new terminal will offer a shopping and dining options, upgraded restrooms, and space to move about, as well as a new ticketing lobby, baggage screening system, updated TSA checkpoint and new baggage claim area;
  • Improved Access & Safety: The design of the new facility includes added distance between airport runways and the terminal building. It also includes updates to meet current earthquake design and ADA accessibility standards. For passengers, the airport is including a 45,900-square-foot aircraft parking area for boarding and deplaning, a new parking structure with EV charging, and a new on-airport access road; and
  • Sustainable Solutions: The new terminal is designed to reduce the airport’s overall emissions and achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Sustainable features include electrical vehicle charging, electric ground service equipment airside, water use reduction connections to the regional transit network and other features.

On Jan. 25, more than 250 community leaders and local stakeholders came together to celebrate the start of construction for the historic project with a groundbreaking ceremony.

“This is replacing the old with the new here at Burbank airport. It's an old, beautiful, smaller airport but now it's going to be one of the most modern airports in the world ... serving not only the San Fernando Valley but the entire Southern California region,” said Congressman Tony Cardenas.

“With eight carriers and 6 million annual passengers, the airport is all grown up,” said Felicia Williams with the Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport Authority, adding that the project is expected to create 12,000 jobs and generate $2 billion in economic impact for Southern California.

Jacobs Project Management is reportedly providing project management services for Elevate BUR. The design-build project is also led by Holder, Pankow, TEC, Joint Venture (HPTJV), with Corgan providing architectural services for the project in association with CannonDesign.

Construction of the new terminal is expected to be completed in 2026 and open by Oct. 1 of that year.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Airports; Aviation; Certifications and standards; Construction; Design; Design build; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); LEED; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Program/Project Management; Projects - Commercial; Renovation; Terminals

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