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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

Large LAX letters at the entrance of the airport, at night

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

Los Angeles, California

Largest Individual Project in L.A.'s History

In February 2007, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) broke ground on the long-awaited major renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the world's fifth busiest airport. This 38-month, $737 million project calls for interior improvements and baggage system/security enhancements at TBIT. These upgrades are necessary to meet the estimated annual growth of passengers from 10 to 17 million by 2010 and the requirements of the post-9/11 Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

This major upgrade to LAX's international terminal is the first and largest individual project in L.A.'s history since 1984 when the 1-million-ft² TBIT was opened for the Summer Olympics. TBIT is named for Tom Bradley, the first African–American and longest serving mayor of Los Angeles.

View of the departure level from across the street

TBIT's departures Level 3 entrance

LAWA selected Parsons in November 2004 as the construction manager for this project, and the notice to proceed (NTP) was issued in December 2006. Two months before NTP, program management was added (by contract amendment) to our scope of work. A critical factor in our selection was our extensive airport portfolio as well as our ability to deliver specialized, unique facility enhancements without disrupting operations. Parsons’ services encompass:

  • Construction of north screening facility
  • Construction of south screening facility
  • Renovation of U.S. Customs baggage claim area
  • Installation of passenger boarding bridges (PBBs)
  • Coordination of design management
  • Oversight of construction
  • Administration and management of contracts
  • Program and project controls (with scheduling and cost forecasting/control)
  • Management of change orders and claims
  • Startup and turnover of facilities
  • Closeout and warranty support
View of two construction workers under the baggage conveyors

New baggage-handling system with overhead conveyors from TBIT's interstitial tug lane

Enhancing TBIT's Security and Efficiency

The renovation consists of modernizing all of TBIT's public areas and systems. In addition to enhancing security and efficiency, the renovation will make the terminal more comfortable and convenient. TBIT's extensive modifications include the following tasks:

  • Construct 5-level north screening facility (39,000 ft²) incorporating nine large explosive detection systems (EDSs).
  • Construct 2-level south screening facility (6,500 ft²) incorporating four large EDSs.
  • Construct two new large aircraft (NLA) gates for the A380 (airbus) operations. Install 19 new PBBs at all 12 passenger gates to accommodate larger aircraft requirements.
  • Renovate interior area of departures ticketing (98,000 ft²).
  • Renovate interior area of departures concourses and bus gate hold room (109,000 ft²).
  • Renovate interior area of arrivals concourses (52,000 ft²).
  • Renovate interior meeters and greeters area (49,000 ft²).
  • Renovate interior U.S. Customs baggage claim area (41,300 ft²).
  • Renovate interior 2-level walkway and concessions (19,000 ft²), and add passenger enhancements.
  • Update in-line baggage conveyor system (15,000 linear feet).
  • Modernize all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) in all public areas and systems.
  • Provide new and upgraded information technology (IT) systems and related infrastructure to improve security and communications throughout TBIT.
Passenger loading extention reaching out to waiting plane

PBB for departing passengers at TBIT's renovated south concourse

To date, the project is 75% complete, including construction of the NLA gates and EDS screening buildings. In addition, most of the hold rooms, departures ticketing, Federal Inspections Services (FIS)/U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), and replacement of PBBs are complete.

TBIT's renovation and construction are performed continually while the terminal is fully operational—even during peak period travel time—making this project one of the most complex among U.S. airports. Despite these challenges, the project remains on schedule and within budget because it is based on effective communication and a collaborative approach by Parsons and the entire program management team.

New customs gates looking down from above

TBIT's renovated FIS/USCBP area for arriving international passengers

TBIT Renovation Creates LAX's First LEED Project

In keeping with a sustainable “green” building policy adopted by the Los Angeles Board Airport Commissioners in January 2007, TBIT is the first project at LAX to incorporate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental) standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The terminal's new HVAC and more efficient electrical and lighting systems will reduce energy consumption, while new plumbing systems will increase water conservation. More than 75% of the construction and demolition waste will be recycled or salvaged, and TBIT's design features various local and sustainable building materials and finishes. The project is currently pursuing LEED certification.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2010. When finished, TBIT's modernization will help LAX retain its status as the premier West Coast international gateway, especially to the Asia­–Pacific Region.