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June 6, 2012

A Sneak Peek Inside New Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX

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By: Stephen Shrank
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LAWA staff, construction workers from Walsh-Austin Joint Venture, and special guest, veteran Pete Howenstein pose in the great hall of the South Concourse with an American flag during a pre-Memorial Day tribute, May 24, 2012. (Photo by Stephen Shrank/NYCAviation)
LAWA staff, construction workers from Walsh-Austin Joint Venture, and special guest, veteran Pete Howenstein pose in the great hall of the South Concourse with an American flag during a pre-Memorial Day tribute, May 24, 2012. (Photo by Stephen Shrank/NYCAviation)
LOS ANGELES — Just days before Memorial Day, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), took the opportunity to host veterans, press, and other VIPs for an exclusive tour of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal construction site. David Shuter, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) deputy executive director of Facilities Engineering and Maintenance — a retired Marine Corps Brigadier General himself — conducted the tour.

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“On Memorial Day it is so important to stop and thank the countless servicemen and women who have sacrificed to serve us. This is our small way of saying thank you to the veterans who are working on this historic project, as well as all of our LAWA vets.” said Shuter. In attendance were a number of current LAWA employees and over fifty project construction workers – all veterans. The special guest of honor was Pete Howenstein, a decorated World War II Army vet who fought in the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Howenstein later assisted construction workers in presenting an American flag that had flown in Afghanistan in the Great Hall.

The New Tom Bradley International Terminal (NEW TBIT) is considered the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles. Out of the $4.1 billion LAneXt capital improvement project $1.4 billion went to the New TBIT. The site will consist of more than 45,000 tons of steel and in the end offer nearly 1.18 million usable square feet.

With an expansive 150,000 square foot Great Hall located in the south Concourse the new terminal is already a sight to behold. The interior is specifically designed to allow international passengers a greater view and feel of Los Angeles as they arrive. Shuter explained that in the current system passengers arrive underground and remain in the tunnels and underground areas all the way through customs. The new terminal will allow passengers to remain above ground from the time they deplane through the time they pass through customs or claim their baggage. In addition, the South concourse will feature new state of the art airline lounges, dining options, oversized arrival and departure boards, and other passenger amenities.

Passengers will also benefit from the terminals eighteen new boarding gates. Nine of those eighteen gates will be built to support next generation aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In addition, each of the gates will have dual passenger loading bridges to allow passengers a more stress free and efficient boarding and deplaning process. The New TBIT will also see a 43% increase in passenger capacity per hour to 4,000 over the current 2,800.

In all, the new terminal is a magnificent and aesthetically pleasing work – even in the midst of construction. Once completed the new Tom Bradley International Terminal should help LAX take dramatic steps toward significantly improving the LAX experience.