Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) announced this week that the new West Gates at its Tom Bradley International Terminal have earned Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The $1.7-billion West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal facility opened in May and features 15 gates and advanced technology such as a biometric boarding system.
Some of the facility’s sustainability features include “cool” roofing and paving materials that reduce heat absorption, and the reduction of electricity consumption by 29 percent through a combination of incorporating daylighting, insulated glass, efficient HVAC and smart interior lighting design systems.
The installation of water-saving plumbing fixtures and complemented by a gray water system allow for a reduction of 41 percent in potable water consumption, while construction materials featured usage of more than 24-percent recycled content and 80 percent of all new wood products from certified sources.
“Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is creating efficient, sustainable facilities with the guest experience at its core, and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal is an example of how we can reimagine the LAX experience from the ground up,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO of LAWA, which operates LAX. “We are continuing to design, build and deliver a new LAX that offers the best amenities, state-of-the-art technology and sustainable features.”
The new building was designed with sustainability in mind as part of LAWA’s Sustainable Design and Construction Policy that was adopted in 2017 and called for new building construction and renovation projects to be designed to achieve LEED Silver or higher.