A pending presentation to the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission offers a closer look at Concourse 0, the planned extension of LAX Terminal 1.

The project, one of two signature components of $6-billion LAX Airfield and Terminal Modernization, would be an L-shaped, eastward expansion of Terminal 1. The 250,000-square-foot building, planned for a site now occupied by the LAX-it ground transportation hub at Sepulveda and Century Boulevards, would stands four stories in height and feature nine passenger gates, waiting areas, dining space, retail, an improved baggage claim, and other back of house functions.

Rear view of Concourse 0 looking southeastPGAL

PGAL is designing Concourse 0, which would make use of existing ticketing and check-in facilities at Terminal 1. It would also provide a more direct connection between Terminal 1 and the LAX automated people mover through a pedestrian bridge connecting with the central terminal area's east station.

"The exterior façade is composed of Glass-Fiber Reinforced Concrete, Metal Panel and Aluminum Glazed Curtain Wall. GFRC cladding is used to frame views and natural light," states a narrative provided in the commission report. "Typically, these facades are the enclosures for restrooms, building services and retail spaces. The roof edge is trimmed with a folded metal panel edge and integrated with LED accent lighting. High performance glass curtain wall is positioned to maximize views to the aircraft, share interior activity and art with departing passengers. As a continuing part of the LAX Masterplan the composition of the south and east elevations are complimentary of the surrounding context."

View from upper roadway looking west toward Concourse 0 and APM walkwayPGAL

Concourse 0, which would be utilized by Terminal 1 occupant Southwest Airlines, is being paired with another major expansion: Terminal 9. The latter project, which would rise on the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard, would include at least 12 gates and require a reconfiguration of the already-convoluted access roads which serve the airport property.

While both projects have previously been slated for completion in advance of the 2028 Summer Olympics, their scale and the rapidly approaching date of the games now makes that schedule unlikely to be achieved.

Massing of Concourse 0PGAL

The $6-billion project will come in the wake of $14 billion in capital improvements project already undertaken at LAX over the past decade, including refurbished passenger terminals, the new people mover with a connection to Metro Rail, a consolidated rental car facility, and the expansion of the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal.

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