‘Topping Out’ Ceremony Marks LAX Milestone

From left, PCL California Buildings District Manager and Vice President Cathy Orquiola, LAWA CEO Deborah Flint, Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Sean Burton and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sign a beam that was hoisted during the LAX ‘Topping Out’ event on November 2. (LAWA)

Twenty months after breaking ground for the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials gathered for a “topping out” ceremony at the 12-gate addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

At the November 2 event, Mayor Garcetti and other VIPs signed a ceremonial beam that was hoisted and placed near the top of the future ramp tower. The beam also bears the signatures of others who have had a hand in designing and constructing the new facility.

“LAX is quickly becoming the world-class airport that Angelenos demand and deserve,” said council member Mike Bonin. “I am especially excited that the Midfield Satellite Concourse will incorporate a number of sustainability features, such as using passive daylight lighting for the interior spaces, water saving plumbing fixtures and a cool roof that reduces heat absorption. These eco-friendly features will go a long way to minimising the environmental impact of this needed new facility and will further LAWA’s commitment to make LAX a world class airport that is also a first-class neighbour.”
This new international concourse will help us realise two of the goals in our strategic plan: delivering facilities and guest services that are exceptional, and using new technology and innovations to keep our airport safe and secure,” said Sean Burton, president, Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC). “By reducing our need for the remote gates to the west, the experience for our guests will be greatly enhanced. Our guests will enjoy our most technologically advanced experience, with more than a dozen interactive displays and enhanced cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.” The $2 billion project, which includes the new concourse and an expansion of the baggage handling system, is expected to be completed in mid-2020.