Submitted by HLB Lighting Design

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is undergoing significant changes to improve the experience of travelers at the airport. Recently, the unveiling of Phase I of the LAX Enhancements project on June 20th, which was illuminated by HLB Lighting Design in collaboration with architectural firm AECOM, marked a significant milestone in this endeavor.

Upon arrival at the New Tom Bradley West International Terminal, the Enhancements project is the first element of the new LAX experience to capture the traveler’s attention. The project revitalizes the Central Terminal Area (CTA) — the one mile roadway area between the parking structures and the eight terminals — through an artful integration of architecture, lighting and graphics. This renovation unites disparate components of the CTA, inserting grand gestures that draw from key existing elements, such as the airport’s signature 1960’s Theme Building and the entry light pylons, while providing a unifying architectural hierarchy.

» VIDEO: Curtains Up at LAX Central Terminal Area with the unveiling of the light ribbon designed by HLB Lighting Design and the new sculptural light poles. Video courtesy of HLB Lighting Design.

HLB worked to enhance the CTA with a polychromatic light ribbon that is synchronized with the airport’s famed entry pylons; the light ribbon defines the elevated roadway edge and is modulated with three-dimensional super-graphic terminal identifiers and 91 white sculptural light poles. The project amplifies at the airport’s midpoint and largest terminal, the Tom Bradley International Terminal, where a series of aerodynamic metallic canopies will replace the existing structures.

“Los Angeles is a progressive city that is constantly innovating and in flux – the team sought a design that would be forward-thinking and inspirational but simple enough to be timeless,” states Teal Brogden, HLB’s Senior Design Principal. “Combining the dynamically changing light ribbon with the aerodynamic light sculptures reflects this trademark LA culture. Customized LED technology is pivotal to the success of the design, enabling discrete integration of light and architecture.”

Concurrently unveiled was the New Tom Bradley West International Terminal which also features lighting designed by HLB and was separately designed by Fentress Architects.

Both HLB and AECOM are continuing their work on the Phase II of the LAX Enhancements which is scheduled to open in 2015.

About HLB Lighting Design

Founded in 1968, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design is an internationally recognized design firm serving clients from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Boston. Their services are modeled on a few basic tenets: design innovation and excellence, responsiveness to clients’ needs, and sustainable, maintainable and pragmatic solutions. The firm is WBE/DBE certified with several government agencies and authorities and specializes in architectural lighting for all project types, including interior and exterior venues. HLB is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and has over 75 projects that are completed or currently in design within the LEED system, including several that have attained LEED Platinum certification. The firm has received numerous awards including the IALD, IES/IIDA, and GE Awards of Excellence, the A/L Light & Architecture Outstanding Achievement Award, the U.S. DOT Design for Transportation National Awards of Honor and Merit, as well as the Lumen West Firm of the Year Award. Their successful collaborations have created strong, shared visions of design excellence, sustainability and innovation.

Project Team:

Architect: AECOM
Landscape Architect: AECOM
Civil Engineer: VCA Engineers, Inc.
General Contractor: Walsh Austin Joint Venture
Lighting Consultant: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting (Teal Brogden, Tina Aghassian, Alexis Schlemer, Clifton Manahan)
Light Pole Fabrication: Penwal
M /E/P Engineer: PBS Engineers
Program Management: AECOM
Signage and Environmental Graphics: EGG Office
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers

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