The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded two contracts April 21st for construction services related to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) development program.

The first contract for nearly $11 million was awarded to Walsh Austin Joint Venture of Los Angeles for construction manager at risk pre-construction services.

The services will be provided for the Bradley West Gates, a component of the overall Tom Bradley International Terminal Modernization Project. Pre-construction services may consist of risk assessment, construction phasing, cost and budget estimating, and mitigation recommendations, airport officials said.

The second contract of $5.8 million was awarded to Griffith Company of Santa Fe Springs for general construction services in connection with the Crossfield Taxiway Project. The contract will provide for the construction of a new aircraft parking ramp, new emergency exits for an American Airlines maintenance hangar, airfield security fencing, and other building modifications.

The Crossfield Taxiway will connect LAX’s north and south airfields and is expected to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft ground movement, and alleviate periodic congestion that occurs on the existing taxiway, airport officials said. Construction is expected to start in May.

The project also will provide for both near-term and long-term environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption, officials said.

The proposed Bradley Terminal modernization and Crossfield Taxiway projects are part of the phased implementation of improvements envisioned in the LAX Master Plan that was adopted by the Board of Airport Commissioners and the Los Angeles City Council in December 2004.