Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, airport officials, business leaders, and the media previewed the completion of Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX on June 20. Designed by Fentress Architects, the Terminal is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles.
Curtis W Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, Chairman, and Founder of Fentress Architects, was a featured speaker at the opening phase of an accompanying media event. A separate preview event for those who worked on the project and the general public will be held at LAX on Saturday, June 22.
Mayor Villaraigosa and other dignitaries accompanied Mr Fentress as they toured the south concourse, which features new-generation aircraft gates on the west side of the terminal and the three-story, 150,000sq ft (13,935)m² Great Hall that will offer premier dining, retail and duty-free shopping, and other passenger amenities. They also viewed one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) at a North American airport, designed to create an unprecedented passenger experience and become as a new revenue source for LAX.
“The new Tom Bradley International Terminal is a new gateway for LA,” said Mr Fentress. “The architecture was inspired by the people and geography of LA, but the functionality was inspired by LA’s economic needs.” The total cost of the project’s construction, architectural and engineering designs, permits, and related expenditures is $1.5 billion and remains within the forecast budget. No monies from the Los Angeles general fund were used. Instead, the project was funded from LAX’s operating revenue, Capital Improvement Programme funds, fees from airlines, and airport revenue bond proceeds.