LAX Celebrates Topping Out of Tom Bradley International Terminal Core, Future Link to the People Mover Train

March 13, 2023

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) celebrated today the topping out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal Core with a beam signing and ceremony honoring the dedicated workers realizing this transformative project.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal Core is one of seven new cores that make up the $490 million dollar Terminal Cores project at LAX. The project, which is scheduled to complete in 2024, will allow access to all levels of the terminal buildings using escalators and stairs, and provide passengers direct connection to the future People Mover train system and its connection to the city’s greater public transportation network.

“The topping out of LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal Core represents an important moment for one of the airport’s most ambitious and anticipated initiatives to date–creating a sustainable and interconnected network for getting to and from the airport that has the added benefit of alleviating congestion and passenger wait times,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “We thank our architecture and construction partners, Austin Commercial, LP, and the community of local workers whose efforts are helping to achieve our vision."

In the future at this location, passengers will exit the People Mover train’s pathway and be greeted by a recently restored 10-foot-tall bronze and granite sculpture memorializing the terminal’s namesake, former Mayor Tom Bradley.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal Core is a three-level structure that will provide direct connectivity to the West Central Terminal Area (CTA) station and is oriented for easy travel, with elevators and escalators connecting departures, arrivals, the People Mover and office spaces. Upon entering the three-story open atrium full of natural light, passengers will have an elevated view of the ticketing level that orientates them to their surroundings and provides wayfinding, flight information and vertical conveyance. Guests who need to check in at the Tom Bradley ticket counters will utilize the vertical circulation of the core to reach the ticket counters and use the self-service baggage drops.

"I want to congratulate the Austin Commercial crew and subcontractors and recognize LAWA for creating an environment where our partnership thrives. We are looking forward to continuing our shared success at LAX and the completion of this important project," said Ralph Ketchum, Senior Vice President of Austin Commercial.

Designed and constructed to achieve both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status and CalGreen’s Tier 1 certification, the project demonstrates LAX’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.