Airport Commission Approves Contracts to Spruce Up LAX
By Art Marroquin, Staff Writer
May 18, 2009
The Board of Airport Commissioners on Monday approved more than $41.6 million worth of contracts aimed at sprucing up various areas of Los Angeles International Airport.
Among the deals approved by airport officials is a $23.7 million contract with Kone Inc. to replace 32 escalators and 16 elevators in various terminals.
The deal marks the first of a four-phase program aimed at eventually replacing 285 outdated or broken elevators, escalators and moving walkways at LAX by 2012. The unreliable equipment, installed 27 years ago, was supposed to have a 25-year life span, according to an airport report.
"It's no news to you, but a nonfunctioning escalator or elevator at LAX has become a regular sight," said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that operates LAX.
The commission also approved a $9.1 million contract with HNTB to develop an airport pavement management and design program at LAX, LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports.
The contract covers the first two years of a six-year plan aimed at modernizing the airport agency's layout and standards while also establishing a pavement rehabilitation program and providing pavement maintenance training to airport staff.
Under a law adopted in 1995 by the Federal Aviation Administration, airport agencies must have pavement maintenance programs to remain eligible for federal improvement grants. Costs to establish the program are eligible for reimbursement from the FAA, according to an airport report.
The panel also awarded a $7.3 million contract to Siemens Energy and Automation Inc. to operate and maintain a new baggage handling system in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Siemens, which also manufactured and installed part of the system in March, will remain on contract until the entire baggage system is installed by the end of 2010.
About 50,000 square feet of new terrazzo flooring will be added in the Terminal 1 baggage claim area under the terms of a $1.5 million contract also approved by the commission.
The new flooring is part of a cosmetic touch-up that calls for new signs, lights and a fresh coat of paint in Terminals 1, 3 and 6, estimated to cost up to $5 million per terminal.