The new Terminal 4 (T4) Connector Building at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has reached a major construction milestone after the final structural steel beam was welded into place.
The US$115m project is on schedule for completion in 2016 and consists of a multi-use, multi-level facility that will provide a secure connection between the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and T4. This will make it easier for passengers to make connecting flights at other terminals by significantly reducing the walking distance. The design of the building and the construction work is being undertaken by Turner Construction Company. When completed, the new facility will include a checked-baggage inspection system, south matrix interline baggage transfer facility and a five-lane passenger security screening check point.
A topping out ceremony was held to mark the occasion where attendees signed the final I-beam adorned with an American flag and an evergreen tree. The beam was then attached to the top of the structure by crane. The tradition of attaching a tree and flag to the final structural beam has been practiced by construction workers for over 1,000 years. The tree represents growth, life and good luck for the construction workers and the building’s future occupants; the flag is displayed as a patriotic symbol that signifies the united effort by the project team to achieve a common goal.
Roger Johnson, deputy executive director for airports development at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the operator for LAX, said, “This project will greatly improve the traveling experience for passengers making a domestic or international connection between terminals. We couldn’t be more pleased with the progress. Thanks to the hard work and talents of this project team, we truly are building an LAX of the future.”
Kevin E. Dow, vice president of Turner Construction, said, “Today marks a much anticipated milestone in the modernization of LAX. This is another great step in the ongoing efforts to make LAX a truly world-class gateway to Los Angeles. The flow of the T4 Connector Building design will provide an enhanced experience for passengers as they make connections at one of the world’s busiest airports.”