LAX Breaks Ground on Terminal 1 Transformation
As currently featured in ENR California, work is underway on modernization of Southwest Airline's Terminal 1. The program, with PGAL as prime consultant and lead architect, includes renovation and improvements to the existing 346,000 SF terminal, including north concourse expansion, security screening checkpoint (SSCP) expansion with new Post-SSCP Transition Building, and upgrading of the departures level curbside to architecturally unite the terminal building with the rest of the airport campus.
Part of a $7.3B LAX capital improvement program, the Terminal 1 project is programmed and designed to provide expanded and upgraded facilities for SWA operations and equip all terminal systems to produce a smooth, intuitive “Passenger Centered” experience.
For example, a reprogrammed Departures and Arrivals Level will feature a “Lobby of the Future”, a 12-Lane Security Screening Checkpoint, two large bag claim devices and a high-speed baggage handling system. Combined, these features will make departure and arrivals systems more balanced and efficient both curbside and within the Terminal.
At the Concourse, 12 gates will have new, enlarged hold rooms with integrated concessions and passenger amenities. Other improvements will include enhanced lighting, greater daylighting and better views to the terminal exterior, modern finishes, improved signage and vertical transportation and a unified concessions program that will nearly double dining and retail space.
The modernization of Terminal 1 will be phased to ensure continuous airport operations. Completion is expected in Spring, 2018.