Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX Wins Gold Award at Los Angeles Business Journal 2013 Commercial Real Estate Awards

LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal by Fentress Architects

Los Angeles, California (March 11, 2013) The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX has been awarded the Gold Award in the public category at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s (LABJ) 2013 Commercial Real Estate Awards for providing Los Angeles the world-class transportation facility it has always deserved.

The LABJ 2013 Commercial Real Estate Awards was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and was attended by more than 300 of Los Angeles’ elite real estate professionals. The awards recognized the biggest, best, and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of the past 18 months. The LABJ honored architects, general contractors, and developers of the 10 most outstanding developments in Los Angeles County.

The modernized LAX is about more than reinventing an airport. It’s about giving Los Angeles a transportation hub for the 21st Century. The new Tom Bradley International Terminal won’t just benefit travelers, it will dramatically better the entire economy of Los Angeles.
Curtis Fentress FAIA, RIBA, President and Principal-in-Charge of Design at Fentress Architects

Described as, “a collection of drab terminals linked by a traffic jam,” by influential design magazine Dwell, LAX has been routinely voted the worst airport in America. The airport’s amenities and seating were designed for 40 million annual passengers. However, as the number of passengers surged to almost 60 million by 2009, the airport’s inadequacies became apparent. Threadbare facilities pushed beyond their capacity caused major foreign carriers to examine alternative routes. For the City of Los Angeles, the cost of modernizing LAX was far easier to manage than the price of not investing in this remarkable four- phase project. The redevelopment is the largest public works project in the city’s history, pumping $6.89 billion into the local economy and creating approximately 40,000 local jobs.

According to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, one daily international round-trip of a wide-body aircraft to LAX generates USD $623 million in economic activity annually.

The shape of the modernized Tom Bradley International Terminal takes the form of overlapping waves that evoke the Pacific Ocean. The aluminum roof stretches over column-free structures creating a dramatic, unrestrained interior space. These wave-like ceilings reduce solar glare and heat from the ocean to the west while bathing the terminal in natural, indirect light from the northeast. Expansive glass curtain walls offer dramatic views of the airfield and the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. For Fentress, the design elements reflect the city’s natural beauty and culture – ever-changing but ageless.

On top of elegant design elements taking place in the terminal, the new Great Hall at LAX hosts a variety of upscale shopping and dining options - 6,500m2 in total. The opening of over 40 new concessions venues turn the Great Hall into a shopping aficionado and foodie Mecca. Yet the terminal will be more than a place for passengers to spend money. “It’s much more engaging than a traditional retail environment,” said Mark Outman, Principal at Fentress Architects and one of the project’s senior project designers. “There will be a focus on technology, and making the experience very immersive.”

Spring 2013 marks the public grand opening of the modernized Tom Bradley International Terminal. For visitors from outside the United States, it will serve as a gateway not only to Los Angeles, but to North America. Its sunlit corridors provide a warm welcome and distinctly modern aesthetic, beckoning visitors to explore all that Los Angeles – and the continent beyond it – have to offer. For domestic visitors, it will become a gateway to the world beyond their borders, a distinctive icon to bid them farewell, and welcome them home again.

Design/Architecture: Fentress Architects
General Contractor: Walsh Austin Joint Venture
Retail and Concessions: Westfield Property Group
Mechanical Engineer: Syska Hennessy Group, Inc
Electrical Engineer: TTG Engineers
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates; Martin/Martin; Miyamoto International
Civil Engineer: TTG Engineers; Airport Development Group