Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has revealed the progress that is being made on the $1.6bn Midfield Satellite Concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), one year after ground was broken on the project.
The steel framework for the 750,000sq ft (70,000m2) structure now extends across the entire northern portion of the concourse, and work on the building’s core will start in the spring. Sections of the roof have already been installed, escalator installations have begun, and concrete has been poured for the floors. Large glass panels are also in place on the north side of the building.
The two tunnels that will connect the new building to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) – one for passengers and the other for equipment – are also progressing. They are being built in two phases because they pass under the taxiways. The section under Taxiway T has been completed and the surface is being restored and once that work is completed attention will turn to building the tunnels under Taxiway S. Construction of the passenger tunnel interface at the TBIT, which will include the elevators and escalators, has also begun. The concourse including its gates, airline clubs and space for concessions is the centerpiece of a project which will also include expansion of the baggage handling capacity at the TBIT. A new state-of-the-art system will come online in 2020, and will enable more than 6,000 bags an hour to be processed.
LAWA Chief Development Officer Bob Gilbert said: We are excited and impressed to see how quickly our new international concourse has taken shape, and look forward to its opening in approximately two years. This 12- gate addition, which will feature a modern design that complements the Tom Bradley International Terminal, is another step in re-imagining LAX and helping create the Gold-Standard airport the city of Los Angeles deserves.”
Photos: Los Angeles World Airports is making progress on the Midfield Satellite Concourse that will be linked to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. (Los Angeles World Airports)
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