The West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal Earns LEED Gold Certification

The West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal, a stunning addition to the world-famous international terminal which opened earlier this year with 15 gates and advanced technology, has earned Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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The building was designed with sustainability in mind as part of LAWA’s Sustainable Design and Construction Policy.
Beatrice Hsu, President, Board of Airport Commissioners, said:

The certification of the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal at the LEED Gold level is a reflection of our Board of Airport Commissioners' vision to ensure a sustainable future for our airports. LAX and Van Nuys Airport are charting a course toward a greater mix of renewable energy, efficient design and thoughtful planning that is setting new standards for the airport industry.

The $1.7-billion West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal facility opened in May. It is one of the most modern airport facilities in the world, offering cutting-edge technology, stunning architecture, a checked-bag storage system, biometric boarding gates and more.

Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA, said:

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is creating efficient, sustainable facilities with the guest experience at its core, and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal is an example of how we can reimagine the LAX experience from the ground up. We are continuing to design, build and deliver a new LAX that offers the best amenities, state-of-the-art technology and sustainable features.

Some of the facility’s sustainability features include:

  • “Cool” roofing and paving materials that reduce heat absorption
  • Reduction of electricity consumption by 29 percent through a combination of incorporating daylighting, insulated glass, efficient HVAC and smart interior lighting design systems
  • Reduction of 41 percent in potable water consumption, led by the installation of water-saving plumbing fixtures and complemented by a gray water system, allowing for a larger reduction in potable water use
  • Use of more than 24-percent recycled content in the building, 10 percent of materials from local resources, and 80 percent of all new wood products from certified sources
  • Diversion of 98 percent of its construction waste from landfills

The building was designed with sustainability in mind as part of LAWA’s Sustainable Design and Construction Policy. Adopted in 2017, the policy requires applicable new building construction and renovation projects to be designed to achieve LEED Silver or higher, which requires at least 50 points in the USGBC’s scoring system. This is also the standard for new projects built by the City of Los Angeles and its proprietary agencies, including LAWA. The West Gates at Tom Bradley exceeds those standards with the higher Gold rating.

The joint venture of Turner-PCL served as the contractor for the project, with Corgan and Gensler serving as architects.

Other LAX projects to achieve LEED Gold certification include the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the Central Utility Plant and Alaska Airlines’ Board Room Lounge in Terminal 6.

This article was originally published by Los Angeles World Airports.


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