The board at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has approved a US$209m contract to design and construct the Intermodal Transportation Facility – West (ITF-West), which forms an integral part of Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP).
Designed and constructed by Swinerton Builders, The ITF-West will be a five-level parking structure containing approximately 4,700 parking spaces, a dedicated concessions area, and the LAX Security and Badging Office. The ITF-West will also include a pick-up and drop-off point for both commercial and private vehicles.
The ITF-West station, located adjacent to the parking structure, will eventually provide a direct connection with the terminals via the automated people mover (APM) system. The ITF-West will be operational in 2021, followed by the APM in 2023.
“The approval to build the ITF-West represents another milestone in developing a more reliable and convenient way for travelers to access the terminals,” said Sean Burton, president of the board of airport commissioners, LAWA.
“Earlier this year, we awarded the contract to build an automated people mover and later this year we plan to award the Consolidated Rent-a-Car (ConRAC) facility contract. Together, these projects will provide much needed parking and traffic relief for our passengers and the community.”
LAWA currently has 8,300 parking spaces in the seven terminal loop structures. With the addition of 4,700 spaces at the ITF-West, travelers will see a 57% increase in parking space options.
“We are continuously working to improve the guest experience at LAX,” said Deborah Flint, CEO, LAWA. “This new facility will allow for travelers to park and ride to the terminals without coming into the terminal loop.”
The ITF-West also includes construction of new pedestrian walkways and plazas that will integrate the facility with the surrounding area. Two new roadways will also be built to the west and north of the ITF-West to improve vehicle flow.
The new 25,000ft² home for the LAX Security and Badging Office will be located on the ground floor of the facility; it is currently located on World Way West on the west side of the airport. Once this facility is built, over 55,000 badged LAX employees will be able to access the office via public transit.
Level two of the ITF-West will feature pedestrian walkways that connect the parking structure with an APM station. The second level will also include 5,000ft² of dedicated concession space, as well as other passenger amenities.
Concessions will be selected through a competitive procurement process closer to the completion of the facility in 2021.