The Future of LAX Projects

Support columns at the East Central Terminal Area station.  (between Parking Structures 1 and 7)

June 2020

Even as many continue to work from home, LAX remains focused on building a world-class airport for this world-class city. Construction for the $5.5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which includes an Automated People Mover train system, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility, two Intermodal Transportation Facilities and roadway improvements, has been nonstop. We want to share the progress of this truly monumental project, highlight local-hire success stories and news of what is to come as we transform LAX!

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Automated People Mover (APM) Construction Update

Inside the Central Terminal Area (CTA), the APM stations are taking shape. Recent milestones include:

  • The completion of the concrete support structure for the East CTA station’s second level.
  • Commencement of foundation work at the Center CTA station, with station construction picking up speed later in the year. Ongoing critical utility relocation work has facilitated this work.
  • The conclusion of the majority of cast-in-drilled-hole foundations at the West CTA station.

Outside the CTA, progress continues at the Intermodal Transportation Facility-West (ITF-West) station and the system’s Maintenance and Storage Facility, while the spine of the system has become visible across the 2.25 mile length of the guideway as column construction advances. Recent milestones include:

  • Construction of falsework spanning the 96th Street roadway between Jenny and Vicksburg Avenues to advance guideway construction while keeping the roadway open for vehicular traffic.
  • Near completion of the concrete support structure for the ITF-West station’s second level.
  • Work on upper columns that will support the ITF-West station’s platform level has begun, hinting at the scale of what is to come.
  • Finalization of preparations and utility relocations needed to begin heavy foundation construction on the north side of 96th Street, between Airport Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue later in the year.
  • Advancement of ITF-East station column construction.

The APM train Maintenance and Storage Facility.

The APM train Maintenance and Storage Facility.

The APM system's Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) progress includes:

  • 65% completion of the MSF’s engineered metal building structure, with exterior wall panels and roofing scheduled for later this summer.
  • The conclusion of concrete slab pours at the MSF site.
  • Construction of the first segments of track in the train storage area.

Up Next for APM Construction

Work will soon begin on the ITF-East station, which will provide the long awaited connection from the Metro system to the airport. In the coming months, the APM team is preparing for the guideway to cross Century and Sepulveda Boulevards. Demolitions of significant structures are underway to clear the way into the LAX Central Terminal Area for guideway construction at these locations.

Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) Facility Construction Update

Workers pour the first slab-on-grade at the Quick Turn Around Facility.

Workers pour the first slab-on-grade at the Quick Turn Around Facility.

Things are moving quickly at the future home of the ConRAC facility as LAX ConRAC Partners completed several milestones this spring.

  • March activities included the first concrete footings pour for the Quick Turn Around (QTA) building, which will house light vehicle maintenance such as oil changes, car washes and refueling.
  • The first vertical concrete pour took place.
  • In April, perhaps the most dramatic element that occurred was the erecting of four tower cranes to help with some of the very heavy lifting on the project.
  • At the end of May, the first slab-on-grade pour also took place at the QTA building.

Up Next for ConRAC Construction

Even more exciting construction work will take place this summer including:

  • Still to come in June is the first suspended slabs (or upper levels) pours for the QTA.
  • In July, the first slab-on-grade pour for the Ready Return/Idle Storage (RR/IS) building, which is the primary location for the rental cars.
  • In August, the first suspended slabs for the RR/IS will be constructed.
  • By the end of the year, we are expecting three additional tower cranes to go up to assist with construction.

Intermodal Transportation Facility-West (ITF-West) Construction Update

A view of the first and second level of the ITF-West facility.

A view of the first and second level of the ITF-West facility.

Construction of the ITF-West, a 1.7-million-square-foot four-story parking structure that will connect to an APM station has been moving swiftly. Milestones include:

  • The first of 24 slab-on-grade pours along with starting construction of three elevator shafts took place in March.
  • Construction on the second-level continued with elevated slab pours for three for all six buildings comprising the facility. 
  • The start of construction on the third floor began June 15.
  • The final slab-on-grade pour took place June 16.

The next few months will see significant activity, with a prime focus on:

  • Continuing concrete pours for the upper-level decks, with the goal of completing the final elevated deck pour this fall. This will bring the total number of slabs poured for the facility to 96.
  • Installing the main power and internet for the building.
  • In August, the first elevator activity will get underway.

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