Information about the security program for in-line baggage screening and for renovations at Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), as well as a tour of LAX was provided by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Airport Relations Committee at the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce Marina Affairs Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 26th, at the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center at LAX.

Los Angeles World Airports is the agency that operates the city’s four airports, including LAX and Los Angeles Ontario International Airport.

Mark Vicelja presented information about the benefits of the In-Line Baggage Screening System, with construction beginning late 2007 for the north terminals and in March 2008 for the south terminals. Renovations on Tom Bradley International Terminal began February 2007 and will include the new baggage screening system upon completion in 2010.

Ontario International Airport will receive the same in-line screening systems at its terminals, and construction has already begun, said Vicelja.

The in-line baggage screening system is proposed to integrate a state-of-the-art explosive detection system with an improved in-line baggage check-in process, Vicelja said.

This new baggage screening matrix would streamline the security screening process, removing the explosive detection system from the ticketing lobby, accommodating the unique attributes of each terminal to house the new system, said Vicelja.

Baggage going through this sophisticated screening system would be identified and removed for more extensive examination in the event of a potential threat.

TOM BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL — Van Thompson presented program features for the interior improvements and baggage screening facilities project at Tom Bradley International Terminal, which began in February and is expected to take 38 months to complete, with a projected March 2010 completion date.

Program features include:

baggage handling system automation and explosive detection system (EDS) machines installation;

gate modifications to accommodate the A-380 and B-747 dual loading;

mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades;

signage, paging, airline information display upgrades;

critical elevator/escalator upgrades;

security upgrades — CCTV (closed caption television surveillance), ACAMS (access control and alarm monitoring systems);

ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliance and fire/life safety upgrades;

first class/business class lounge upgrades; and

interior finish improvements.

Thompson said the benefits of these upgrades would include a more efficient baggage claim system; slightly decongest the departure lobby; enhance the passenger flow, reduce boarding time, facilitate faster baggage processing and enhance security.

Construction challenges for this project, which Thompson said “is a complicated remodel,” include multiple phases with a multiple work shift (24 hours a day), working with a fully operational terminal maintained 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with 33 international airlines and a ten million annual passenger volume.

The planning and coordination of the project includes interfacing with contractors, the airport, the airlines and with multiple stakeholders, Thompson said.

The project is being conducted in phases because of the large volume of passengers (ten million in 2005), the safety of the passengers, general public and employees, the number of international carriers (33), operational and stakeholder requirements and “common use” facilities, said Thompson.

The RFP (request for proposal) process included an alternative procurement process, extensive design review and drawing coordination, extensive construction planning, detailed construction phasing, constructability and bid-ability reviews, an independent “Bottoms-up” estimate by consultant Leland Saylor Group, a project labor agreement, owners-controlled insurance, pre-qualification of baggage conveyor suppliers, and a systems team in support of phasing and commissioning, Thompson said.

The contractor is Clark McCarthy Joint-Venture and major subcontractors are Sasco Electrical, Siemens (baggage system), Murray Company (plumbing and HVAC), Standard Drywall, Bragg (structural steel) and Conco Cement (concrete), stated Thompson.

The ticket lobby, departure hold room, the arrivals concourse and “Meeters and greeters” area will be completely renovated with lighter, open areas, new flooring and art work on the walls, providing a spacious, light and modern aspect to the terminal, said Thompson.