LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal
The Tom Bradley International Terminal Interior Improvements and Baggage Screening Systems Project @ LAX (TBIT project) significantly enhanced a 25-year-old terminal at the world’s sixth-busiest airport. The joint venture team's project team completed more than one million square feet of renovations and installed a new in-line baggage handling system over three years. Clark's emphasis on collaborative partnerships ensured that the end product met the client's expectations for quality and sustainability.
During the TBIT project, the existing facility was gutted and given a complete interior and system renovation. The Clark team installed new architectural features, information technology systems, and efficient MEP systems. A new gate, constructed at the end of TBIT’s North Concourse, allowed the airport to accommodate the 800-passenger Airbus 380. The terminal’s new baggage handling system met the updated federal regulations, and the automatic bag-checking system removed the need to porter luggage from the ticket counter.
Though not required under the project's contract, Clark joined the client, the architect, and the construction manager in a formal Partnering Program. This program, which was expanded to include all stakeholders, was instrumental in forming the productive work environment.
The TBIT project team used collaboration, technology, and lean construction techniques to overcome major obstacles and meet the client's schedule. On complicated portions of the renovation, the team employed lean construction methods, most notably pull scheduling, to ensure timely completion.
Working in an active airport requires precautions for both airport visitors and workers. To shield airline passengers and airport personnel from potential hazards, the project team isolated all construction areas. Protective barricades were erected for noise, dust, and hazardous materials. The project also maintained a strong jobsite safety record: the recordable incident rate was below the national average and a lost-time rate six times below the national average for the over two million manhours worked.
Though the original designs did not seek LEED certification, Clark worked with the aiport authority and project partners to incorporate green elements, including low-emitting, recycled, and locally-sourced building materials. The team also selected and installed the terminal's new mechanical and electrical systems, which perform more than 17.5 percent more efficiently than the old systems. As a result, the TBIT project achieved LEED Silver certification, becoming the first airport terminal renovation in the country to earn a LEED designation.
The team employed multi-dimensional BIM models to map existing conditions and coordinate new installations. Using BIM for the new baggage handling system and building systems designs allowed the project team to coordinate the new systems among themselves. The team also used laser surveying to coordinate the new installations with the existing building conditions.