The 1.2 million square foot addition includes eighteen new gates, nine able to accommodate Airbus 380, Boeing 747 and Boeing 787 aircraft. The architectural features and functions of the building challenged conventional structural solutions for lateral stability, so a curved moment frame with non-orthogonal moment connections was developed. This geometric shape had never before been used for a moment frame in high seismic regions. The building is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
The $1.545 billion modernization of the Bradley West Terminal was the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles and the most significant airport modernization project of the decade in the US.
The dynamic design was inspired by the Pacific Ocean on LAX’s west side, with roof lines mimicking the rhythmic waves breaking on the shore.
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