Swinerton celebrated the grand opening of the LAX ITF-West Parking Structure and Mobility Hub with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) President Beatrice Hsu, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Executive Officer Justin Erbacci, and Swinerton President Dave Callis.
“Swinerton is proud to celebrate this successful project completion. The right delivery method—a progressive design-build—fostered an environment for collaboration and true partnership with LAWA and our design partners Watry Design and Gensler,” said Dave Callis during the ceremony.
Los Angeles World Airport hired Swinerton as part of their extensive Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) to build this state-of-the-art parking structure, now named LAX Economy Parking, that will relieve traffic and congestion at the world’s third-busiest airport. Now airport goers will not only have a more predictable and reliable commute to the airport, but have a world-class guest experience at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from the moment they park.
The project was design-built in partnership with Watry Design and Gensler and provides approximately 4,300 parking stalls. A number of features and amenities designed to enhance the guest experience have been incorporated, such as a Meet and Greet space, public restrooms, vending machines, pet relief area, and a water bottle filling station. Special attention was given to vehicular circulation with pick-up and drop-off areas within the facility. A parking guidance system featuring the latest smart parking technology aids users in finding an open space. Sustainable features include EV charging stations, drought-tolerant landscaping, energy-saving LED light controls, and reserved parking for low emitting and carpool vehicles.
During the course of the contract with Swinerton Builders, 3,781 total craft workers assisted with building the new facility, earning more than $54 million in total wages. Of these workers, 1,136 or 30.04% were local workers. A total of 848,501 hours were performed by craft workers on the contract.
“I’m proud of the impact this project had on the community. 44% of the contracts we issued went to local small business enterprises. And 30% of the labor force came from this community. What better time than during a pandemic to infuse that type of support into this community. I thank the leadership it took from LAWA and the City to keep this project going. It helped a lot of families during a really tough time,” said Swinerton President Dave Callis at the grand opening.
“Today is a truly historic day for LAX and Los Angeles as we unveil this state-of-the-art facility, which showcases how we are creating the world-class airport our City deserves,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO, LAWA. “Building a better LAX is more than just bringing state-of-the-art facilities online – it’s about how we build, and we are proud that this facility rose from the ground with the help of more than 3,700 craft workers and nearly 850,000 work hours over the last several years. It truly is a testament to our partnership with the building trades to use local, skilled labor as we transform our airport.” Read More.
In addition, of the 208 contractors working on the project, 123 were certified as Small Business Enterprise (107), Local Business Enterprise (50), Local Small Business Enterprise (34), and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (13). Together, these business enterprises (which may be certified in multiple categories) earned a combined $129.97 million.