New Concourse and Restoration Lead to Awards for Long Beach Airport
2014-01-20 · By Editor
The Long Beach Airport has been recognized with three new awards: a national food and beverage award and a regional transportation award for its new concourse; and a local preservation award for the restoration of its historic terminal building.
“The new passenger concourse is a stunning success, and it captures the spirit of the Long Beach lifestyle with its palm tree court and open-air fire pit,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “The terminal restoration improved our customer experience while remaining true to the building’s Streamline Moderne architecture. Both projects are extremely deserving of the recognition they are receiving.”
The new awards are:
- Airports Council International-North America national award for “Best Food and Beverage Program” (concourse)
- American Public Works Association (APWA), Southern California Chapter “2013 Transportation Project of the Year” (concourse)
- Long Beach Heritage “2014 Preservation Award” (terminal)
“These awards attest to the dedication of staff at the airport,” said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. “We are all committed to sustaining an award-winning airport that the City of Long Beach deserves and can be proud of.”
Long Beach Heritage plans to recognize LGB in February its work restoring mosaics by Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist, Grace Clements. The mosaics, completed in 1941, pay homage to Long Beach’s origins in the aviation, oil and communications industries. The mosaics were restored after carpeting was removed during the terminal’s restoration.
The new passenger concourse project involved replacing temporary holdroom buildings with a palm tree court and concession space, state-of-the-art consolidated screening checkpoint, and a “Meeter & Greeter” plaza.
The concessions, in particular, are highlighted in the concourse awards. The Long Beach Marché includes five Long Beach originals in the airport’s north concourse: George’s Greek Café, Taco Beach Grill & Cantina, Long Beach Burger Bar by McKenna’s, Sweet Jill’s Bakery and Polly’s Gourmet Coffee. 4th Street Vine wine and beer bar anchors the north concourse, offering a refuge in the luxurious new facility for travelers looking to relax.
Anchoring the south concourse is McKenna’s on the Fly, a full-service sit-down restaurant. Sweet Jill’s Bakery and Polly’s Gourmet Coffee also are in the south concourse, offering their trademark pastries and drinks.
Additional LGB accolades include:
- The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) the “Aviation Project of the Year” Award to LGB’s new passenger concourse.
- The American Red Cross Hal Ball Good Neighbor of the Year award.
- LBTV, a division of the City’s Technology Services Department, received a first place STAR Award for “The Long Beach Airport” marketing video from the States of California and Nevada National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.
About Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport (LGB), located in Long Beach, CA, was founded in 1923, making it the oldest municipally owned airport in California. Throughout its 90-year history, LGB has been a source of substantial economic activity and business opportunities, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, environmentally responsible operation. LGB hosts four airlines offering non-stop service to 13 U.S. cities and serving over 3 million commercial airline passengers annually while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. LGB is ranked number 70 out of 560 U.S. commercial service airports in passenger traffic. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what’s happening, “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport.