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Design and build contract awarded for LAX expansion

Los Angeles International Airport has awarded a $961 million contract to design and build its new Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North to a Turner-PCL joint venture, in collaboration with Corgan and Gensler.

Los Angeles World Airports says the development is the next significant effort in the ongoing modernization of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and will benefit the public by “helping to mitigate flight delays and improve the customer experience at the airport”.

The seven-year, two-phase contract calls for design, pre-construction, and construction services for the MSC North Project.

Components of the project include an approximately 800,000 square-foot, five-level concourse with 11 aircraft gates located on the LAX airfield, 1,300 feet west of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (new TBIT).

The gates will accommodate a variety of aircraft types up to and including the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8i, and the concourse will be approximately 132 feet wide (east-west) and 1,295 feet long (north-south).

Airfield improvements including new taxiways/taxilanes, aircraft apron, and service roads surrounding the concourse, as well as utility lines and facilities for domestic water, fire suppression water, sanitary sewer, storm drains, natural gas, electrical, fuel and communications infrastructure.

Underground tunnel facilities to provide passenger, baggage, and utility connections between the MSC and TBIT.

Other construction components include the demolition of existing facilities, a small annex to New TBIT that will serve as a connection point to the MSC, and the build-out of a Project Management Office.

The MSC North Project will be delivered in two phases with phase 1 for design and pre-construction services with the design work scheduled to be completed late 2016, and phase 2 for actual construction of the MSC North project.

The project will be constructed in compliance with LAWA’s sustainability guidelines and will meet the energy and water-conservation requirements of the Los Angeles Green Building Code.

Construction duration is approximately three years with completion of the facility scheduled for 2020.

The total budget for the project is nearly $1.25 billion, which includes construction hard costs, project contingency, and allowances for additional project components.

The construction cost includes a public art allowance calculated at 1%of construction cost for terminal public areas, and the budget also includes costs for project management services including general administration, programming, design review, and construction support.

The airport says the MSC North project will be funded by LAX operating revenue, terminal concession revenue, airline fees, and airport revenue bond proceeds.

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