LAX Interim West Bus Terminal (IWBT)

Los Angeles World Airports
Client: Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $10.9 Million
Completion Date: 2010


Anil Verma Associates, Inc. (AVA) was responsible for Structural, Architectural, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Design Services, Specifications, LEED Coordination, and Cost Estimating for this bus facility for incoming and outgoing international passengers. This was a fast track project to serve as an Interim Bus Terminal for A 380 or similar large aircraft while Tom Bradley International Terminal is under construction. AVA worked extensively with the General Construction Contractor to fully coordinate the project through weekly meetings, RFI and submittal reviews, and regular site visits, due to the fast pace of construction


The Interim West Bus Terminal (IWBT) at LAX is a new facility built to take the place of the previous bus facility in the existing Tom Bradley International Terminal, which has been taken out of service as construction on the Bradley West expansion is underway. This project is a key component of LAWA’s strategy to upgrade LAX facilities and reconfigure the crossfield taxiway to accommodate larger aircraft such as A380s.  The IWBT serves both as a waiting area for passengers prior to their boarding buses to remote plane locations and as an airport entry point for passengers arriving in buses.

The Structure is wedge-shaped with load-bearing tilt-up concrete wall panels, an interior structure of steel columns with wide flange beams, and open web steel joists for roof support. The footprint is 100’ x 300’ with a 30’ x 300’ mezzanine and a two-level connecting bridge to the existing airport Gate 123. In addition to the tilt-up panels, exterior materials include tinted storefront and curtain wall glazing, and the shed-type roof is comprised of standing seam metal panels.  During construction, AVA worked closely with individual subcontractors as necessary to ensure the timely flow of information and adherence to the construction schedule.