The Tom Bradley International Terminal Renovation Project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been recognized by California Construction magazine as one of the state’s best construction and design projects of 2010.

The $737-million airport project, completed last February, received an award of merit in the Transportation-Southern California Category.

An independent jury of industry experts in design and construction judged more than 135 nominated projects throughout the state in a variety of categories and deemed 53 of them as magazine award winners. The jury awarded projects based on entry criteria, including project management and client service, safety, design and functionality. Eligible projects were located in California and were substantially completed in the past year.

“This award recognizes the hard work that went in to revitalizing the Bradley Terminal in order to provide passengers with an airport experience they expect from a world-class city like Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey.

The project included terminal renovations to the airline ticketing lobby, the customs hall, arrivals corridors, arrivals lobby, boarding gate waiting rooms and extensive modifications to two gates to accommodate, larger new-generation aircraft. The largest single component of the project added 45,000 square feet for a new in-line baggage screening system that eliminated the need for passengers to stand in a separate line after receiving their boarding passes.

The project also included an “enhanced passenger experience” element which airport officials said focused on the aesthetic, rather than utilitarian aspects of the renovation. Construction took place from February 2007 through February 2010.

The more than 30 airlines operating in the Bradley Terminal invested $20 million of their own funds to create new first- and business-class lounges based on their airline alliances (code-sharing partners).

The renovation focused on materials and resource conservation, with more than 75 percent of construction and demolition waste being recycled or salvaged, airport officials noted.

All of the 53 magazine award winners will be featured in the December issue of California Construction and will be honored at an awards breakfast on Dec. 1 at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach.