Long Beach Airport breaks ground on new parking structure

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lgb-airportChange has begun at Long Beach Airport (LGB).  The much-anticipated kick-off to the Airport’s Improvement Project will begin with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new on-site parking structure. The  groundbreaking ceremony will be held today, Thursday, December 10 at 10 a.m. in Parking Lot B.  The community is invited to attend.

The five-story, $48.7 million structure will provide 1,989 covered parking spaces and 247 surface parking spaces. The new airport parking structure, which will be built on the existing surface of parking Lot B and a portion of Lot C, will open in Fall 2011.

Currently, nearly 50 percent of Long Beach Airport’s vehicle parking is on leased land off Airport property, in Remote Lot D.  This property is in the process of being sold and the off-site parking will no longer be available to the Airport.

“The Long Beach Airport is one of the most important economic assets to our city,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “Not only will this new parking lot help bring much-needed jobs, the convenience of on-site parking will add to the quality customer service the Long Beach Airport already provides.”

“This project is essential to the Long Beach Airport,” said Mario Rodriguez, Airport Director.  “The 450 jobs that will be supported by the project will provide an immense economic impact to the area.  Funding for the total project includes $44.2 million from a combination of Airport General Airport Revenue Bonds and Build America Bonds, and $4.5 million in FAA Passenger Facility Charges (PFC).  The Long Beach Airport is the first small hub airport in the nation to utilize Build America Bonds, a component of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”

The project includes over 50 different construction trades. According to City Manager Pat West, the Airport Improvement Project will have a positive impact on the Long Beach community because, “the contractor has been required to comply with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and will work to provide job training and employment opportunities for low and very-low income residents.”

Also, included in the project are modifications to the roadways serving the airport and improvements to the terminal area utilities.  The roadway improvements will allow drivers exiting the Airport direct access to Lakewood Boulevard and will mitigate traffic congestion along Donald Douglas Drive.

Reaching for a Greener Airport

As a Green Airport, upon completion of the new parking structure, LGB will be able to accommodate its parking demands within the Airport’s footprint.  The current shuttle service from Remote Lot D will no longer be necessary, thus eliminating the carbon emissions generated by those shuttles.

Additionally, the parking structure design will accommodate a future solar panel installation. If installed, solar panels could help offset the airport’s 500,000 watt power demand during daylight hours.

LGB Airport Parking Structure Design

The parking structure project has been awarded to ARB, Structures Inc. as a design/build contract. ARB Structures, Inc. is an award-winning specialist in clear-span, cast-in-place, concrete parking structures and complex, structural concrete installations. We are one of the few specialty contractors in Southern California that self-performs all form, place and finish work with our own crews and equipment. The firm also built the Carnival Cruise Line parking structure.

The site work portion of the airport project includes improvements to various utilities and rehabilitation of the terminal access roadway and is scheduled to begin in January 2010.  Construction of the structure will commence following completion of the site work and receipt of the building permit and is anticipated to begin in June 2010.  The parking structure will open in Fall 2011.

The parking structure, designed by Watry Design, complements the historic terminal building, with curved corners and graduated frontage that maintain a line of sight to the Terminal. The new building also features glazed stairwells; decorative glass panels and a stand-alone glass elevator intended to reduce the horizontal impact on the street. A peaceful, tree-lined, outdoor courtyard with drought resistant landscaping are key features of the design. The structural system consists of cast-in-place post-tensioned beams and columns with a moment frame lateral system to maintain an open facade.

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