Fresh New Experience Unveiled at LAX's Terminal 5

A fresh new experience has arrived at Los Angeles International Airport with the recent completion of Terminal 5, reflecting the style of the city and its travelers. Delta Air Lines unveiled the terminal-wide refurbishment in June, including the airline’s first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE.

Delta ONE provides the most innovative premium check-in experience of any carrier at LAX. Customers flying in Delta One enter the terminal through a dedicated curbside entrance, leading to a private, modern check-in lounge with personalized luggage check, high-design atmosphere, and a refreshment bar. Customers also access a dedicated security checkpoint directly from the Delta ONE at LAX lounge. Additionally, a renovated Sky Club offers more space and an improved customer experience, including 100 additional seats; new shower suites and renovated bathrooms; an updated food area with cafe seating; and new furnishings and fixtures. New restaurants and shops in Terminal 5 feature celebrity chefs and retail brand names that reflect the cuisine, culture and lifestyle of Los Angeles.

Other Terminal 5 enhancements include new jet bridges; a renovated Sky Priority lobby; an expanded ticketing lobby and four additional security screening checkpoints; and new baggage carousels and international baggage recheck facilities. The $229-million Delta project was completed in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the City of Los Angeles and is the latest in the more than $8 billion overhaul of LAX.

City of Los Angeles Picks Los Angeles Convention Center Design Option

As an integral next step in the “Expansion and Futurization Project” for the Los Angeles Convention Center, the City of Los Angeles, led by the L.A. Department of Convention and Tourism Development and the Bureau of Engineering, chose a design for the proposed renovation and expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center.  

A design competition, which launched in late 2014, solicited creative design solutions from three architectural teams for the future development and expansion of the Convention Center. The competing teams of AC Martin Inc. and LMN Architects; Gensler and Lehrer Architects; and HMC Architects and Populous were asked to address a series of goals and criteria including, but not limited to: a commitment to the environment, a point of view on the “futurization” of conference centers, and overall creativity and budget.  The three proposals were reviewed using previously established criteria by key city organizations. The criteria included, but was not limited to: a commitment to the environment, a point of view on the “futurization” of conference centers, incorporating the use of outdoor gathering/event spaces, overall creativity and budget and ensuring there would be no interruptions of any future convention business. 

And the winner is…. HMC Architects and Populous The team of HMC Architects and Populous were picked by a city panel as the winners of the competition. The project would aim to deliver a new, expansive convention center space and a modern, functional design featuring more outdoor venues, innovative access to natural light and improved integration with the City’s streetscape. The project will also look to renovate, repurpose and expand existing areas of the Convention Center including exhibit halls, meeting rooms and special function spaces, among other areas. A new 100,000 square foot ballroom sitting atop the concourse aims to deliver spectacular views of the Downtown cityscape.   

Metro Expo Line

The Metro Expo Line extension (Phase 2) from Culver City to Santa Monica is nearly 90 percent complete and is on pace to open in early 2016. The extension, a 6.6-mile corridor, will connect Downtown L.A. to the beach in an approximately 46 minutes. The service is expected to carry up to 64,000 people by 2030 with the addition of Santa Monica to the existing line.