Elevated airport design
Built in 1930, Hollywood Burbank Airport was the largest commercial airport in Los Angeles at the time and served the region well for decades. However, the aviation industry has changed, the existing terminal was ageing, and it no longer met current federal aviation administration (FAA) standards.
The approval of Measure B by Burbank voters on November 8, 2016 gave the airport authorities the right to build a replacement passenger terminal on an adjacent property. Hollywood Burbank Airport then worked with the community and neighbouring cities to build a safer, 14-gate replacement passenger terminal that met both current safety standards and current seismic performance standards. The replacement terminal is a modern facility with the same convenience and easy access that air travellers previously enjoyed, with new, improved amenities.
BuroHappold Engineering was appointed for the concept validation, new input and refinement project for Hollywood Burbank Airport, in order to give an independent validation of the proposed replacement passenger terminal (RPT) concept and support facilities, as well as provide new input for certain elements. The goal of this report was to determine feasibility of the RPT and support facilities and provide enough information to prepare a cost estimate.
Defined features of the project for validation included a replacement passenger terminal consisting of 355,000ft2 (maximum), a new air cargo building, a new ground service equipment/terminal maintenance building, replacement aircraft rescue and fire-fighting (ARFF)/police/emergency operations centre (EOC) building, new passenger parking garage with valet centre, and a new employee parking garage. Other aspects included realignment and extensions of taxiways, construction of a new loop road and reconfiguration of existing roads, and demolition of existing terminal and parking structure, within 12 months of the new terminal being fully operational.
BuroHappold led this effort with a multi-disciplinary project team made up of local and international aviation experts. They were carefully selected to provide project leadership and oversight, airfield and terminal planning, structural, MEP, civil and roadway engineering services for assessment and refinement of the conceptual plan, parking, baggage and demolition consulting, and cost-estimating services.
The new Replacement Passenger Terminal and associated support facilities are economically sustainable. The terminal can accommodate growth compared to current operations without increasing the current number of gates (14). The site layout, programme, and functional areas are determined to be generally adequate to provide an “optimum” level of service (IATA LOS C).
I have been impressed with the team’s ability to keep the project on course, manage deliverables and large number of subcontractors analysing all aspects of a green field terminal site.
Patrick Lammerding, Deputy Executive Director, Hollywood Burbank Airport
Early design workshops helped inform our team before we started the project. Issues to consider included maintaining ease of accessibility and use, something the current airport was known for. Another factor was the desire to keep the airport’s southern Californian character by celebrating the local climate and culture. Minimizing energy and water demands and adopting health and wellbeing strategies were both considered important. Most importantly, BuroHappold was able to design an airport that met both current needs and could be adapted for future change in passenger numbers.
Services and approach
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