Los Angeles city and airport officials have unveiled design plans for the west side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and a new midfield concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with City Councilmembers Bill Rosendahl and Janice Hahn and airport officials, unveiled the designs during a news conference at LAX Monday, November 17th.

The conceptual design includes new aircraft gates on the west side of the Tom Bradley Terminal and a new midfield concourse that could accommodate wide-body aircraft, as well as new-generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

“[This event] marks a milestone in our effort to modernize the hub of Southern California’s air transportation system and restore it to the premier international gateway the airlines need and the City of Angels deserves,” said Villaraigosa.

The mayor said the design concepts for the airport embody “the character of Los Angeles and create a remarkable sense of place. It is unmistakably L.A.”

The plans still have to undergo a rigorous environmental review process, including public review and comments, Villaraigosa noted.

Hahn, chair of the Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, said, “It was early last year when I began to publicly call for the modernization of our airport. With the unveiling of these concepts, we are taking the next step toward making LAX the world-class airport it should be.”

Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners president Alan Rothenberg said the focus of the airport modernization plan is to “dramatically improve the passenger experience from curbside to airside with a design that captures the spirit of Los Angeles, establishes new levels of passenger convenience, and exudes a sense of welcome and a comfortable pace for the harried traveler.”

Airport officials said that by 2012, LAX is expected to serve more A380 flights than any other airport in North America. Officials anticipate the first set of proposed aircraft gates on the west side of the Tom Bradley Terminal to be completed by 2012. The entire “Bradley West” project would be completed in seven years, generating an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 jobs during that time, officials said.

The design concepts resulted from meetings held between the architectural design and planning team and members of the residential; business; airline; travel and tourism; airport employee and other stakeholder communities.

Created by Denver-based Fentress Architects, the new design plans are inspired by the Pacific Ocean, with rooftops flowing as rhythmic waves break on the shore, airport officials noted.

The design is also intended to correspond with the space-age Theme Building by having its arches incorporated into the design concept.

The projects also are expected to address the goal for a “greener” LAX by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates the airport. According to the agency’s sustainable design guidelines, construction projects must optimize the use of recycled building materials, minimize the amount of energy used in construction and optimize energy efficiency.

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