LAX T4 and T5 Terminals Modernization with Sustainable Considerations
The $15 billion capital improvement program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) includes the modernization of Terminal 4/5, set to be completed by 2022 with sustainable considerations.
The first phase of the $1.62 billion project is the construction of the Terminal 4.5 Core, which connects Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 and opened to the public in November 2022.
The next phase of the modernization in 2024 includes the construction of a new Terminal 4 Headhouse, which will feature a consolidated security checkpoint, ticketing and baggage claim counters for American Airlines, and a centralized facility of 300,000ft².
The modernization aims to improve the passenger experience by providing smooth access from check-in to security screening areas, new retail and dining spaces, and upgrades to increase the efficiency of passenger mobility.
The Terminal 4.5 Core is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its incorporation of environmentally friendly measures such as reduced energy and water consumption, and sustainable transportation options.
The Terminal 4/5 modernization project was undertaken by Hensel Phelps, a leading US-based general contractor, with Gensler as the chief architect and PGAL as the design partner.
LAX is the world’s fifth busiest airport and the second busiest in the US, owned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and undergoing a massive capital improvement program to modernize all nine terminals and add new facilities.
The airport handled 28.77 million passengers in 2020 and is expected to handle 48 million in 2021, as well as 2.46 million tonnes of cargo in 2020 and 2.97 million tonnes in 2021.
The Terminal 4.5 Core connects T4 and T5 to the West Central Terminal Area station of the upcoming automated people mover (APM) train project as a part of the $5.5bn Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP).