The new $1.6 billion Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) will feature 12 aircraft gates, including two for new large Group VI aircraft, such as the Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747-8. The remaining 10 gates will be capable of handling Group V aircraft, such as the Boeing 777 and 787, and the Airbus A330. Scheduled to open in 2020, the new concourse is designed as an addition to TBIT, connected by a pedestrian tunnel and utility tunnel.
Part of the airport's multi-billion dollar modernization program, the MSC will be constructed west of TBIT and will be accessed either by bus or by a 1,000-foot pedestrian tunnel from TBIT. The tunnel will originate at a new gateway facility connected to TBIT near Gate 148, and will have moving walkways to move passengers through the tunnel.
The roof will emulate an ocean swell and complements the design of the TBIT roof, which represents a wave breaking onto the shore. The curved roofline of the MSC enhances the spaces contained within the building, and the location of the building helps create architecture that is complementary to TBIT both functionally and aesthetically.
The interior of the new concourse is organized into a series of “neighborhoods,” which includes three to four aircraft gates, a restroom core, retail and concession spaces. The interior finishes and colors were selected to reflect its location and are based on the “urban fabric” of Los Angeles.
The overall architectural design allows for great views and natural daylight in public spaces, which will contribute to a healthier interior environment. The robust concessions program will feature 44,000 square feet of food-and-beverage and retail offerings. There will also be nearly 60,000 square feet of airline club space between the concourse and the gateway facility. Other amenities include two nursing rooms, a service animal relief area, and children’s play areas integrated into the passenger gate seating areas.
With sustainability in mind, the Midfield Satellite Concourse is designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and will meet the requirements of CAL Green Tier 1. Sustainable concepts include the use of daylight, energy and water conservation, reducing the effect of heat generated by building roofs and pavement, and use of recycled materials.
The project also includes over 1.5 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiways/taxilanes, as well as new underground utility improvements. A Baggage Optimization Project (BOP) is also being developed concurrently to support the additional gates and provide much-needed baggage processing capacity expansion for TBIT.
Substantial completion of the new concourse is anticipated by the end of 2019, when operational activities are scheduled to begin. A second phase of construction is anticipated to add seven additional gates when necessary.