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To relieve traffic and congestion at the world's fourth busiest airport, Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) is embarking on an extensive Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) that will not only provide a more predictable and reliable commute to the airport, but also offer a world class guest experience at Los Angeles International Airport.

As an integral part of the LAMP project, the Progressive Design Build team of Watry Design, Swinerton and Gensler was selected to design the Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF)-West, which will provide travelers with convenient access to LAX without needing to enter the Central Terminal Area. By connecting to the new Automated People Mover (APM) train system with two pedestrian bridges, the ITF-West facility will create a mobility hub where passengers, friends and family can be dropped off and picked up or can park and ride the APM directly to the terminals.

The ITF-West facility will provide approximately 4,500 parking stalls. A number of features and amenities designed to enhance the guest experience have been incorporated into the design, such as a Meet and Greet space, valet parking, public restrooms, enhanced pedestrian walkways and space for concessions. Special attention will be given to vehicular circulation with pick up and drop off areas within the facility. A parking guidance system featuring the latest smart parking technology will aid users in finding an open space. To provide flexibility for future needs, the facility is being designed to adapt to alternative uses. Sustainable features will include EV charging stations, drought tolerant landscaping, energy saving LED light controls and reserved parking for low emitting vehicles and carpools.

In addition to enhancing the guest experience, ITF-West will also provide a much greater convenience to the more than 55,000 badged employees with the new 26,000 square foot Security Badging Office, which will be accessible using the APM. When completed in 2021, the project will provide much needed parking while the other LAMP components finish construction. A shuttle will carry travelers to and from the terminals until the APM opens in 2023.

LAX Intermodal Transportation Facility-West: From First Concrete Pour to Topping Out

Project Details

  • Owner: Los Angeles World Airports
  • Design Architect: Gensler
  • Contractor: Swinerton
  • Project Status: Completed 2021
  • Parking Stalls: Approximately 4,200
  • Levels: 4
  • Total Sq Ft: Approximately 1,730,000
  • Total Project Cost: Estimated $284,100,000