LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse South

Los Angeles, USA

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) selected Buro Happold, as part of a team lead by Woods Bagot, to plan and deliver the new Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) South at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The MSC South project is part of a larger phased plan at LAX, with the goal of creating modernized and efficient terminals for passengers and airport operators.

Challenge

The new MSC South concourse will support eight new domestic gates and provide passengers with a significantly improved experience.  Passengers will also be able to take advantage of amenities at Tom Bradley International Terminal and MSC North, which will have a direct connection to the new MSC South concourse.

The site is challenging, as it is constrained on all sides by two active taxiways, an existing hangar, and the MSC North concourse. The new MSC South concourse will be designed to optimize flexibility as additional expansions are planned near the site. Our team also has to take into consideration that the taxiways, hangar, and MSC North will remain operational throughout construction.

Solution

To minimize impact to airport operations our team is proposing a modular approach using offsite construction strategies.  This will not only reduce time and the number of workers onsite during construction, but will also help meet sustainability targets and provide opportunities for the building to be flexible for future expansion efforts, which is predicted to include the need for three additional gates pending the demolition of the nearby hanger.

Value

Though there is an aggressive budget for this project, passenger experience is of key importance and is envisioned to be enhanced with innovative design features with an emphasis on sustainability. In addition, the offsite approach, which is the first of its kind at a US airport, is intended to provide higher quality and improved safety while minimizing time on site.  This approach also facilitates circularity: intentional design of the building systems and components to allow for reuse to improve the productivity of these resources.

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