LAX opens Terminal 4.5 Core as part of $1.6 billion upgrade – Airport World
The ongoing modernization of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) continues with the opening of Terminal 4.5 Core, the first major element to be completed as part of a $1.62 billion terminal project. 4 and 5, 60 years old.
Terminal 4.5 Core, which opened to the public yesterday, provides a centralized location between Terminals 4 and 5 where passengers can travel between the lower/arrivals and upper/departures levels on the pre-security side using a elevators, escalators and stairs.
The building also includes direct connectivity with the baggage claim area and the Terminal 5 check-in hall.
When the entire Terminals 4/5 modernization project is complete, the Terminal 4.5 core will provide direct connectivity to baggage claim, check-in and Terminal 4 security checkpoint, as well as a access to the future central west terminal of the Automated People Mover (APM) train. Area station via a pedestrian walkway, and a post-security link between Terminals 4 and 5.
“The opening of Terminal 4.5 Core is an exciting step towards the complete reimagining of Terminals 4 and 5, and will allow customers to move around our facilities efficiently to help streamline their journey,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles. World. Airports (LAWA).
“We would like to thank American Airlines for their partnership and investment in the modernization of our airport.”
The Terminal 4.5 Core project began in July 2019 and was completed on schedule with over 3,100 workers on the project who completed approximately 1.16 million man hours under the direction of the general contractor and the construction company Hensel Phelps.
The project, designed by architectural firm Gensler, is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to optimize energy use, reduce indoor water use and provide access to quality transport.
The next phase of the Terminals 4/5 modernization project is scheduled for completion in 2024 and includes the western half of Terminal 4’s corporate headquarters and southern concourse.
The West Headquarters will include new ticket counters and baggage claim carousels for American Airlines and a consolidated security checkpoint.
The South Concourse will include additional space for waiting rooms, concessions, restrooms and a bus gate that will serve domestic and international flights.