June 16, 2021

Los Angeles International Airport’s Midfield Satellite Concourse Opens

After more than six years of design and construction, the Los Angeles International Airport’s Midfield Satellite Concourse is open.

The new domestic and international concourse is located in the central area of the airfield and west of Tom Bradley International Terminal. The concourse permits greater flexibility in scheduling improvements at other facilities, reduces reliance on remote gates, and ensures a high level of service for LAX passengers during ongoing modernization upgrades.

The multi-billion dollar concourse was delivered by a design-build team including Corgan, Gensler, CannonDesign, Turner and PCL. Our progressive design-build approach co-located architects, engineers and technical staff alongside the construction and Los Angeles World Airport teams to form a cohesive design-build entity from the start of the project to its finish.

A “Gateway” addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal connects passengers to an underground Passenger Tunnel.

CannonDesign’s primary role on the team was providing architecture and construction services for the new “Gateway” addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal and the nearly 1,000-foot underground Passenger Tunnel that connects the terminal to the new Midfield Satellite Concourse. The tunnel features three sets of moving walkways located below the aircraft taxiway.

The Midfield Satellite Concourse, Gateway, and the Passenger Tunnel continue the oceanic design themes found in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The tunnel includes ambient blue overhead lighting, terrazzo flooring, and video panels that all contribute to the aquatic design feel.

The project is part of the massive modernization program LAX is currently undertaking. In addition to working on the Midfield Satellite Concourse, our CannonDesign team is also providing design and construction services for the multi-million dollar Terminal Cores and Automated People Mover project. The project includes modernization and expansion of Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminal 6 in preparation for the connection of the new elevated electric train system, which is currently under construction.

Congratulations to the full design-build team and the many subconsultants and trade partners who contributed their incredible talents to Midfield Satellite Concourse!

Photo credit: © Corgan