Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the owner and operator of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY), has selected the joint venture HOK+Arup to serve as principal architect and principal engineer to advance the planning and design of potential capital investment projects over the next three years. By creating a first-ever consolidated on-call vehicle to deliver large and small projects throughout LAX and VNY, LAWA is ensuring a streamlined and cost-effective way to modernize and improve both airports for air travelers, airport employees, and the local community.
A gateway to North America and the Pacific Rim, LAX is a crucial artery of the region’s infrastructure. As such, it must be both maintained and modernized to continue to thrive, particularly as the city and surrounding community look forward to hosting the 2028 Olympic Games.
“As our $14-billion capital improvement program continues to reinvent the LAX experience, bringing all of the experts in planning, architecture, and engineering under one umbrella will create efficiencies as we look at how to create these critical infrastructure projects, while providing opportunities for local businesses and workers to help build a better LAX,” said Bernardo Gogna, Chief Development Officer for Los Angeles World Airports.
The HOK+Arup joint venture team is made up of 47 partners, 30 of which are small, local, and minority businesses. The teaming effort was driven by a desire to work with businesses from the surrounding community to deliver the projects that will shape it in the future. HOK+Arup will ensure LAWA’s diversity and inclusion vision is at the heart of each design and planning project. The on-call agreement will not only deliver airport improvements, it will also serve as a catalyst for local businesses and broader community engagement.
“Over the next several years, LAWA will continue to evolve as it completes its modernization and takes its place as one of the world’s leading airports,” said Jon Phillips, a Principal at Arup. “Alongside HOK and our impressive team of local businesses, we have an opportunity to deliver the necessary economic and environmental resilience for this essential piece of infrastructure while building upon the significant relationship between LAWA and the community.”
“The HOK+Arup team looks forward to building on our foundational relationship with Los Angeles World Airports and together defining a future where innovation and the passenger experience come first,” said Anne Fletcher, Managing Principal of HOK’s Los Angeles studio. “Our team members have been involved with LAWA for decades as part of design teams to deliver projects large and small across LAX and advising LAWA in an array of disciplines. Our work together will help define this next generation of development of airfield, terminal, and roadway modernization to serve our region and our visitors.”