The U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening area in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is set to receive $1.4 million in improvements.

The city Board of Airport Commissioners voted Monday, December 3rd, to allow Clark/ McCarthy to perform various upgrades to the customs area that were not anticipated during the design phase of the Tom Bradley Terminal improvement project at LAX.

Among the customs improvements that were approved are renovation of the departures lobby information booth and relocation of secondary inspection booths, including new communications and power connections, according to a Board of Airport Commissioners report.

The Customs and Border Protection office and counter terrorism room will also be renovated with improvements to the ceiling, lighting, plumbing, heating and air conditioning and fire sprinklers and alarms, according to the report.

The commission awarded a contract in September last year to Clark/McCarthy to perform improvements to the Bradley Terminal interior and baggage screening facilities. But at the time, Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX, was not aware that additional upgrades were needed at the customs area, according to the report.

In a separate action at the December 3rd meeting, the airport commissioners voted to spend $17.2 million to fix “unforeseen” conditions and provide aging infrastructure improvements at the Bradley International Terminal.

When the airport commissioners first awarded the contract last year for the Bradley improvement project, the exact condition of the terminal’s walls, ceilings, floors and building systems was not known, according to a commission report.

The various unforeseen conditions that will be addressed include rerouting of underground utilities and conduits interfering with the baggage handling system and modified construction of the conveyor and passenger boarding bridge foundations.

As part of the project, the aging infrastructure will receive exterior building improvements.

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