New Tom Bradley International Terminal Preview Events Kick Off At Los Angeles International Airport

New Tom Bradley International Terminal Preview Events Kick Off At Los Angeles
                            International Airport

Architectural Design Creates New Iconic Feature for Los Angeles; World-Class
Dining and Retail Experience To Set The Bar For New Passenger Experience,
Reflects City's Culture, Diversity

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2013

LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

ONLINE PRESS KIT: www.tbitmedia.com

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa was joined today by airport
officials, business leaders, local celebrity chefs, and media from around the
world to launch a series of unique events designed to showcase Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX) and create global excitement for the New Tom
Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport
(LAX) before construction is completed later this year. The events continue
Thursday night when Westfield hosts a Preview Gala where media, industry
leaders, travel and tourism stakeholders, and the many project partners and
individuals helping to bring the new terminal to fruition will gather. Then
on Saturday, June 22, officials will rededicate the Tom Bradley bronze bust
and nearly 12,000 Angelenos will participate in LAX Appreciation Day, a
community open house.

The preview events provide a sneak peek of the South Concourse Aircraft Gate
Areas and 150,000-square-foot Great Hall, which will soon impress passengers
from around the world with more than 60 premier dining and luxury retail shops
– including 22 local L.A. brands – and world-class amenities. A highlight of
the New TBIT is one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental
Media Systems (IEMS) at a North American airport, designed to create an
unprecedented passenger experience and a non-aeronautical revenue source for
LAX.

The Preview Gala will feature the grand premiere of the 72-foot-tall digital
Time Tower, a soaring interactive media structure with changing clock faces
that is one of the most significant elements of the state-of-the-art IEMS.
The Hollywood Scoring Orchestra will provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical
experience with the debut of an original symphonic overture, Portale – A
Symphonic Poem, especially composed by Emmanuel Fratianni and Laurie Robinson
and commissioned by Westfield. The piece celebrates the New TBIT and will be
dedicated to the people of Los Angeles. The performing ensemble of 70 will
feature special performances by the International Children's Choir,
multi-ethnic percussionists, and world-renowned soloists. 

On Saturday's LAX Appreciation Day, some 10,000 members of the general public
will join construction workers, airport employees and their families to get a
first look at the facility they helped to build. The day's activities will
include special entertainment; architecture, aviation and USO displays;
multi-sensory media experience; art tours; raffle prizes; and the canine teams
of the popular PUP (Pets Unstressing Passengers) Program. Also on Saturday
morning, officials will be joined by the family of former Mayor Tom Bradley
for a ceremonial rededication of the newly refurbished 10-foot-tall bronze
bust that welcomes departing passengers as part of a remodeled terminal entry.

The New TBIT is considered the crown jewel of the $4.1-billion LAX Capital
Improvements Program-Phase 1, the largest public works project in the history
of the City of Los Angeles. The New TBIT Project is creating nearly 4,000
construction-related jobs during the project's five-year schedule and nearly
2,000 permanent concession jobs when the terminal begins operations. The
facilities previewed today are expected to become operational later this year
following comprehensive systems testing throughout the terminal, as well as
training and certification of thousands of airport and airline employees in
operating some of the new, state-of-the-art systems, such as the new
laser-based, automated passenger boarding bridges and aircraft docking
systems.

New TBIT's initial $1.5-billion cost remains on budget for construction,
public art, architectural and engineering designs, permits, and other "soft"
costs for the terminal facility itself. Since the original design was
completed, several individual projects estimated at a total of $400 million
and budgeted separately under the overall LAX Capital Improvements
Program-Phase 1, have been shifted from other project budgets, and integrated
into the New TBIT project budget to ensure timely completion of the overall
project. These include: the IEMS, additional airline club lounge space,
increased food-and-beverage concession areas, demolition of the existing north
and south boarding gate concourses, and rebuilding the aircraft parking aprons
(tarmac) and two taxilanes. Total budget for the New TBIT Project is now $1.9
billion. The LAX Capital improvements Program remains at the original
$4.1-billion budget. With the additional scope items, overall New TBIT
Project is expected to be completed in 2015.

The New TBIT Project cost is funded from LAX's operating revenues, capital
improvement program funds, fees from airlines, passenger facility charges, and
airport revenue bond proceeds. NO monies from the City's general fund are
being used.

The new terminal is expected to help LAX retain its competitiveness as the
premier U.S. West Coast international gateway, especially to the fast-growing
Asia-Pacific region.

"The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is the first and last
impression nine million travelers have of Los Angeles every year," said Mayor
Villaraigosa. "This new terminal enhances passenger safety and security,
while giving travelers the first-class airport experience they expect from a
world-class city like Los Angeles. Customer service improvements at LAX
contribute to travelers having positive experiences in our great city, making
them want to return."

Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Michael Lawson said, "LAX
is the U.S. West Coast's premier international gateway – especially to
Asia-Pacific, the fastest growing commercial aviation region in the world. We
greatly appreciate the Mayor's support to LAWA in reaching today's milestone.
The new terminal will improve passenger comfort, convenience and safety, and
will help LAX retain its global competitiveness."

Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said,
"Passenger-friendly terminals and conveniences, airplane-friendly taxiways and
gates are all 'must haves' as airports around the world compete for the
economic vitality that world-class airports create. Our goal is to modernize
LAX to ensure it retains its vital role as the cornerstone of Southern
California's air transportation system."

New Iconic Architecture

The intent of Fentress Architects' design of the New TBIT is inspired by the
Pacific Ocean on LAX's west side, with a flowing roofline that recalls the
rhythm of waves breaking on the beach. An open and spacious 110-foot-tall
Great Hall suffused with natural daylight acknowledges Southern California's
temperate climate, while its aluminum roof arches over the column-free
structure. This creates a single, cohesive, architectural theme that unifies
the entire terminal, inside and out. The new terminal has already won
architectural design awards and is expected to become a new iconic structure
for Los Angeles, joining the historical LAX Theme Building and its parabolic
arches.

"The successful LAX of the 21st century will be a consummate host to the
world, both seamlessly integrating into its context and embodying the spirit
of Los Angeles in such a way that it becomes a new, modern landmark by which
the region is recognized worldwide," said Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA,
principal in charge of design of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal.

World-Class Dining and Retail Showcase Local Favorites and Global Designer
Brands

Terminal concessions manager Westfield and its partners are investing
$79.8-million to deliver an iconic, world-class traveler experience at the New
TBIT. Featuring 360-degree views, inviting storefronts and sustainable
elements, the dining and retail design criteria by Westfield provides
travelers with unique areas to explore as they journey to their destination.
With 31 exciting new options – three times more than before – ranging from
luxury dining to healthy-and-fresh sit-down to grab-and-go, Westfield's dining
collections showcase freshness, demonstration cooking, and sophisticated
architecture, and celebrates local restaurants with culinary delights from
renowned Top Chefs Michael Voltaggio, duo Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken,
Suzanne Goin, and others, whose cuisine reflect Los Angeles' culture,
diversity and trends.

"Westfield is pleased to bring our global resources and experience in creating
iconic shopping destinations to transform LAX, starting right here in the New
Tom Bradley International Terminal – our global gateway," said Peter S. Lowy,
co-chief executive officer of the Westfield Group. "We have leveraged
Westfield's award-winning design capabilities with the best local brands to
completely transform the airport experience into the LAX travelers have
dreamed of, and the LAX they deserve."

Blending many of the world's best known luxury designer brands with a
distinctly Los Angeles flavor, Westfield's retail collection, joined by a
$25-million investment in the duty-free program by DFS Group, will provide
travelers with an array of shopping choices in news-and-gifts, specialty
retail, and duty-free shopping, including shops from local institutions such
as Fred Segal and Kitson.

"We are delighted to be playing a part in creating this exceptional airport
oasis for world travelers at the Tom Bradley International Terminal," said
Philippe Schaus, chairman and chief executive officer of DFS Group. "With our
investment of more than $25 million to the new concessions and boutiques, as
well as the addition of 100 jobs to our retail operations, we have every
confidence that we will very soon be able to begin delivering all world
travelers at LAX one of the most exciting and luxurious shopping experiences
available today."

Enhanced Aesthetics

An Integrated Environmental Media System (IEMS) is an aspect of the new
terminal that focuses on the engaging passenger experience. The IEMS Project
-- directed by MRA International and designed by Sardi Design -- is comprised
of seven iconic, architecturally-scaled media features built within the new
terminal's architecture and designed to enhance a particular aspect of the
passenger departure or arrival experience. Carefully-curated multimedia
content produced by Moment Factory and brand content produced by Digital
Kitchen celebrate the joy and romance of travel and highlights Los Angeles'
unique personality as a world-leading creative hub. It is the first media
system to synchronize multiple features through a state-of-the-art,
content-management system that creates an integrated environmental experience
based on intelligence from live data, including flight departure and arrival
information, and passenger interactions. Airport officials expect to later
program the IEMS to also serve as a source of non-aeronautical revenues
through corporate sponsorships. The content management system was designed by
Smart Monkeys Inc., and Electrosonic Inc. performed systems engineering and
integration.

The enhanced passenger experience also includes three iconic, permanent public
artworks to be installed later this year and in 2014, in keeping with the City
of Los Angeles' Public Percent-for-Art Program, whereby one percent of
construction costs is designated for public art. Three local artists/artist
teams have been commissioned: Ball-Nogues Studio is creating a hovering,
7,000-pound sculpture titled Air Garden to be located in the north light well;
Pae White Studio is creating a suspended tapestry titled Woven Walk for the
north and south sterile international arrival corridors leading to federal
customs and immigration screening; and Mark Bradford is creating a sculpture
titled Bell Tower  to be suspended above a newly relocated federal passenger
security screening area on the mezzanine level of the terminal.

A significant improvement to the "curbside appeal" of the terminal's upper and
lower level entries also was accomplished in time for the preview events.
Phase 1 of the New Face of LAX Central Terminal Area Project replaced planters
with a colorful light band and new signage more clearly indicating the
terminal's name. Street lamp poles were replaced with new retro-designed
poles with brighter, energy-efficient, light-emitting-diode (LED)
lights.

Traveler Benefits

Passengers will experience a first-class level of comfort and convenience
with:

  o18 new aircraft boarding gates, of which half can accommodate larger,
    new-generation(Group VI) aircraft, such as the Airbus 380 and Boeing
    747-8
  oRoomier boarding gate/waiting areas with half of the seats integrated with
    electrical outlets for charging personal electronic devices
  oTriple (for A380s)and dual passenger-loading bridges for faster boarding
    and deplaning
  oGreat Hall with 150,000 square feet of premier dining, retail shopping,
    airline lounges, achildren's play area, spa, and other passenger
    amenities
  oPublic art commissions and Integrated Environmental Media System
    consisting of seven iconic state-of-the-art features
  oFully modernized facility will be able to accommodate 4,500 passengers per
    hour, up from current 2,800 passengers

Economic Benefits

The New TBIT Project is creating nearly 4,000 construction-related jobs during
the project's five-year schedule, and nearly 2,000 permanent new concession
jobs when the terminal begins operations. An estimated 90 percent of the
construction workforce comes from Southern California, and 40 percent of the
workers are residents of the City of Los Angeles and other communities near
LAX.

Project Scope

Phase 1 of the New TBIT Project, which broke ground in February 2010, includes
north and south concourses with nine boarding gates on the west side of the
terminal that can accommodate larger, new-generation (Category 6) aircraft,
such as the Airbus 380 super jumbo jet and the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.
A Great Hall features 150,000 square feet for casual dining and full-service
restaurants; news-and-gift, specialty retail and duty-free shopping options;
airline lounges and other passenger amenities. The project will add nearly
1.2 million square feet to double the size of the existing terminal. Over
15,500 tons of structural steel was used during construction – enough to build
an 80-story building.

Phase 2 of the project, which begins immediately after completion of Phase 1,
includes demolition of the existing terminal's east side gates; new boarding
bridges and aircraft aprons on the east side of the new terminal; upgraded
federal customs and immigration inspection areas; relocation of and upgraded
federal passenger security screening area; public art installations; and
secured corridors between Terminal 3, TBIT and Terminal 4 so connecting
passengers can conveniently go from one terminal to the next.

Environmental Sustainability

The project addresses Los Angeles World Airports' goal for a "greener" LAX.
In accordance with LAWA's Sustainable Design and Construction Guidelines
released in 2007, the New TBIT Project optimizes the use of recycled building
materials, minimizes the amount of energy used during construction, and
optimized energy efficiency. The architecture and construction of the new
facilities are designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building
Council.

In addition, as part of the program's environmental requirements and the
project-level Environmental Impact Report prepared in accordance with Los
Angeles City and California state regulations and in consultation with
community stakeholders, the construction project incorporates practices
developed to minimize adverse environmental impacts on the surrounding areas,
including, but not limited to: designating specific routes construction
vehicles must use when traveling to/from the site; recycling or salvaging more
than 75 percent of construction and demolition waste; placing concrete mixers
and other equipment on-site to reduce the number of trips made by construction
vehicles; retrofitting construction equipment with emission- and
noise-reduction devices; installing efficient lighting fixtures and controls
with occupancy sensors throughout the terminal to reduce lighting costs and
save energy during off-peak hours; installing heating, ventilation and
air-conditioning controls that reset temperatures to maximum efficiency
without sacrificing occupant comfort; using interior finishes with materials
made of recycled content; installing low-flow plumbing fixtures in restrooms;
and controlling dust. Of note, permanent left-turn and right-term lanes at
two intersections of Imperial Highway adjacent to LAX were constructed to
mitigate the impact of construction-related traffic.

Construction Team

LAWA Deputy Executive Director for Airports Development Group Roger Johnson
and New TBIT Project Manager Mike Doucette are leading and managing the design
and construction of the new terminal. Construction is being performed by
Walsh Austin Joint Venture, Los Angeles, which is comprised of Walsh
Construction Company and Austin Commercial.

Walsh Austin Joint Venture Project Principal Joe Thompson said, "The
construction of this truly iconic structure for the City of Los Angeles is
exciting, and we take pride in delivering it."

About Los Angeles International Airport

The more than 30 airlines at Tom Bradley International Terminal served 8.6
million international travelers in 2012, or 50 percent of LAX's overall 17
million international passenger volume. LAX is the sixth busiest airport in
the world and third in the United States, offering 680 daily flights to 96
domestic cities and 930 weekly nonstop flights to 59 cities in 30 countries on
63 commercial air carriers. It ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S.
in air cargo tonnage processed. In 2012, LAX served nearly 63.7 million
passengers, processed over 1.9 million tons of air cargo valued at over $86.9
billion, and handled 605,480 aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs). An
economic impact study in 2011 reported that operations at LAX generated
294,400 jobs in Los Angeles County with labor income of $13.6 billion and
economic output of more than $39.7 billion. This activity added $2.5 billion
to local and state revenues. LAX is part of a system of three Southern
California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general
aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a
proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding
from the City's general fund.

For more information about LAX, please visit www.lawa.aero/lax or follow us on
Twitter @LAX_Official, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport,
and on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/laxairport1.

SOURCE Westfield

Website: http://www.lawa.aero/lax
Contact: Project Partner Media Contacts: Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
- Vicki Curry, (213) 978-0741, Vicki.curry@lacity.org; Los Angeles World
Airports - Nancy Suey Castles, (424) 646-5260, ncastles@lawa.org; Westfield -
Joshua Robbins or Angela Heuer, (323) 813-1529, lax@serafin.com; Walsh Austin
Joint Venture - Brian Williams, (424) 646-4800, brwilliams@walshaustinjv.com;
Fentress Architects - Katie Dabbs, (303) 282-6192 office, (720) 206-7710
mobile, dabbs@fentressarchitects.com; DFS - Evan Lewis, (852) 64696111 mobile
(Hong Kong), (852) 27325466 office (Hong Kong), Evan.Lewis@dfs.com; LA Tourism
& Convention Board - Susan Lomax, (213) 236-2397, slomax@LATourism.org; MRA
International (IEMS/Media Features) - Mike Rubin, (215) 266-1748 mobile, (410)
558-3605 office, mike@mraintl.com
 
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