american eagle commuter terminal, lax, ca



Relocate American Eagle’s Reginal Jet Operation at LAX to a new home in ten months. To accomplish this the space between two existing former UAL commuter terminals were infilled and the interiors and exteriors modified to provide a common design theme throughout for a six gate operation. The facility was then expanded to a ten gate operation with additional holdrooms, concessions, airline administrative spaces and Admiral’s Club.



Rivers & Christian was able to plan, design, and have constructed a replacement facility for American Eagle in ten months.  The project met the requirements and obtained approvals from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, LADBS, American Airlines, and Airport Authority contractual agreements with American. In addition the facility was designed to meet the first generation of the newly created LAWA Design and Construction Handbook.



Moving an existing “sprung” structure to the site from the Tom Bradley International Terminal and create a functioning outbound baggage system for the operation.



For American Eagle, Rivers & Christian designed a two phased project. The first phase, completed in 2011, upgraded and joined two former UAL Commuter Terminals by infilling the space between the structures. One of the UAL commuter facilities had been designed by Rivers & Christian in the early 80’s.

The resulting facility contains curving ribbon ceiling panels and upgraded finishes, expanded restrooms, concessions, and holdrooms. Offices for Flight and Administrative functions were created to support six contact gates for regional jets. The baggage sort facility was housed in a “sprung” structure, moved to the site from Tom Bradley International Terminal and the administration areas were housed in modular buildings.

The second phase of the project, provided for ten contract gates, additional holdroom areas, Airline Administrative space, Admirals Club and concession area. The removal of all temporary buildings from the site and relocating the baggage and administration areas into permanent structures. Both phases of the project received City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission design approval and complied with the first version of the Los Angeles World Airports evolving Design and Construction Handbook.



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