LAX modernization advances with Bradley terminal awards

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Two contracts totalling $1.26 billion have been awarded by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners for the reconfiguration of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at California's Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

One deal amends an existing contract to include construction services for nine new boarding gates on the terminal's west side, dual passenger loading bridges; concourses with larger passenger lounges and hold rooms; aircraft tarmac areas and associated structures; and aircraft support equipment to accommodate new-generation aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787.

The new boarding gates are scheduled for completion in 2012.

The second contract covers upgrades to the Federal Inspection Service/Customs and Border Protection facilities; addition of secured corridors between Terminals 3 and 4 and the Bradley terminal; and over 1.25 million sq ft for food/beverage and retail concessions and other passenger amenities located beyond passenger security screening.

These core improvements are scheduled for completion in spring 2013.

Both contracts, which must still be approved by the Los Angeles City Council, are part of the so-called Bradley West Project, which is considered to be the biggest public works project in the city's history and is expected to create 4,000 construction-related jobs during the four-year project schedule, according to The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The awards represent "a significant step towards the modernization" of LAX, it adds.

The Bradley West Project is one element of the overall LAX 'master plan' approved by the City Council in December 2004.