Councilman Bill Rosendahl invited a group of local bloggers to get up close to the largest public works project in the City of Los Angeles.
Editors from four websites, including Curbed and MomsLA went on a tour of The Bradley West Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday. The $1.5 billion project is part of a larger $4.1 billion plan to modernize one of the busiest airports in the world. The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation expects the construction to produce 40,000 new direct and indirect jobs over the next seven years.
During the tour, Rosendahl praised Los Angeles World Airports for their decision to start the modernization plan with the international terminal.
“The first experience many international travelers have with the U.S. is through the Tom Bradley Terminal,” Rosendahl said.
Reports show LAX as the largest origin and destination airport in the world, with 10.2 million international travelers using the Tom Bradley terminal annually.
One of the major assets of the new Bradley West facility is its capacity to accommodate the A380 double-decker Airbus, currently the world’s largest commercial aircraft. The new terminal will have nine gates equipped to handle A380’s, complete with upper and lower level loading portals, making boarding faster and more efficient.
Roger Johnson, Deputy Executive Director of Airports Development Group, explained the structure’s striking design to the bloggers.
“They made it to look like waves breaking in the ocean,” Johnson said.
The huge glass window enclosures feature architect Curt Fentress’ way of making the landscape of Los Angeles visible within the terminal.
“You’ll know you’re in Los Angeles when you walk through this,” Johnson said.
Energy saving tactics include the use of L.E.D. lights throughout the terminal and escalators utilizing “sleep-mode” while not in use. Pre-conditioned air will also be provided for docked planes, as opposed to the external air-conditioners currently used, as well as efficient heating and air-conditioning systems. The construction also uses its own on-site concrete plant to reduce the carbon footprint.
The construction now approaches the halfway point, and developers anticipate opening Bradley West’s first gate in September 2012, although the completion of both the West and East Wing terminals is not expected until Spring 2013. The massive undertaking continues while keeping the Tom Bradley terminal fully functional.