Ahead of Schedule And Under Budget, New Parking Structure Opens At Airport

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grand openingOn Thursday, July 14, 2011 the Long Beach Airport (LGB) celebrated the grand opening of its new parking structure with a rooftop ribbon cutting ceremony. The structure boasts 1,989 spaces and a 247-space surface parking lot.

Launched in December 2009, the Lot B project was anticipated to cost $58.6 million with completion in November 2011. LGB’s fiscal oversight produced a $2 million savings in construction costs, as well as approximately $350,000 in additional parking revenue because the structure opened four months ahead of schedule.

The construction includes a new exit to Lakewood Boulevard, which eases traffic flow, and infrastructure for rooftop solar technology to be installed in 2012. The project supported 450 jobs through the design and construction phases, and provided job training for low- and very-low-income Long Beach residents.

“The new LGB parking structure delivers a new level of customer service,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, who was honored as the “First Guest” at the parking structure today. “It was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, and we can be proud that we fulfilled our commitment to employ Long Beach residents during this construction.”

“Long Beach Airport continues to make great strides toward completing the Airport Modernization Plan,” said Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. “I am also especially pleased that the structure is being named after Calbraith “Cal” Rodgers, the early aviator, who on December 10, 1911 put Long Beach in the aviation history books when he finished the first transcontinental flight from Sheepshead Bay, New York to the beach near Pine Avenue pier in Long Beach.”

According to Airport Director Mario Rodriguez, “Lot B is a nod to LGB’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The new structure eliminates the need for remote Lot D and passenger shuttles. Your airport will continue to create a more convenient, human-scale airport experience.”

The structure was funded through a federal Build America Bond, a General Airport Revenue Bond and Passenger Facility Charges.

The Airport is in the midst of the $140 million Airport Modernization Plan. Remaining projects include the new passenger concourse, electrifying the air carrier ramp and modernizing the historic terminal. LGB news, including Airport Modernization Plan updates and links, can be found at the Airport’s website, www.lgb.org, by signing up with the City’s e-Notify system, on Facebook, and  Twitter.

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