LAX Modernization Program

A complex, airside design-and-construction collaboration using green technology

Los Angeles World Airports | USA | 2008-2014

Pre-eminent international gateway

in the United States of America

5th busiest airport

in the world

Largest public-works project

in City of Los Angeles's history


construction-related jobs created


  • Provide design, project management, and construction phase services on the infrastructure planning, design, and construction administration of airside improvements to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) expansion and Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at LAX.
  • Expand the TBIT apron, facilitate new north and south concourses to accommodate new, larger aircraft, and include a new central utilities plant and a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) facility.
  • Construct full-service contact gates in phases to accommodate the international carriers’ Group VI traffic, and include designs for triple aircraft boarding bridges for A380 aircraft.
  • Achieve every LAWA sustainability objective.


  • As lead civil engineers, we designed new crossfield taxiways, taxilanes and vehicle service roads that now connect the north and south airfield complexes and serve new passenger terminal facilities.
  • Provided planning and engineering design services for decommissioning, demolition, and enabling works; surveying and subsurface investigations; airfield and tunnel engineering; the structural design of taxiway and vehicle service-road bridges; and more.
  • Aircraft parking aprons were designed for Group VI aircraft, serving Bradley West terminal with passenger boarding bridges and ramp services to accommodate a wide range of aircraft types.
  • Complex airfield construction phasing minimized impacts to airport operations, as successive construction packages fast-tracked design facilitated by more than a hundred separate task orders.


  • Taxiway R, a 3,500-foot, US$100-million Group VI (Airbus A380) taxiway, was the first major enabling project at LAX, making the expansion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal possible.
  • The ARFF facility was certified LEED® Gold—one of the first such accomplishments for new construction at a US airport; all other buildings were registered for LEED® Silver certification.
  • "Green concrete"—recycled aggregates from pavement and building demolitions—was extensively used, and "greywater” was employed for dust suppression.
  • The overall program was schedule-driven and implemented with multiple construction packages using Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) contract delivery methods.

" [Hatch] has demonstrated a high level of integrity, reasonableness and cooperation through this contract ... services and submittals met or exceeded our expectations.”

Roger Johnson | Deputy Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports

Project numbers

US$5 billion construction cost for the entire program
New Bradley Terminal is 1,179,000 ft2 of usable space, nearly 40% greater than that of the US Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Contains a total 45,000 tons of steel, enough to build 148 Airbus A-380 aircraft, or 22,206 mid-sized sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
569 contractors with over 9,900 workers contributed nearly 6.5 million person-hours on the overall project.
B747-8, B787, and the Group VI Airbus A380 aircraft may now be accommodated.
90% of the material was recycled on-site.
This project was delivered under the Hatch Mott MacDonald joint venture.

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