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The Hensel Phelps + Studio-MLA | Krueck Sexton Partners Design-Build Team Wins LAX Landscaping Improvement Program

LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) awarded the Landscaping Improvement Program to the Hensel Phelps + Studio MLA | Krueck Sexton Partners team. The $60 million, progressive design-build program includes a series of vibrant and accessible outdoor spaces with modernized amenities and architectural screening along the parking garages.

The team developed an approach to address the exterior experience from all angles — Oasis LAX. The vision consists of four interconnected parks, balancing hardscape, landscape, digital signage, public art, and retail opportunities. A system of architectural screens, landscaping, and digital signage will wrap 1.5 miles of parking garage facades to unify the entire Central Terminal Area (CTA) and connect it with the new Economy Parking garage at ITF West.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the world’s fifth-busiest airport in 2021, is in the midst of a $15 billion capital program to address improvements across the 3,650-acre campus, from terminals and roadways to infrastructure and airfield expansion. With the 2026 World Cup and 2028 Olympics on the horizon, most work is targeted for completion to support these international events.

In early 2021, LAWA completed a planning study with three end goals: improve LAX’s guest experience, enhance campus sustainability, and improve pedestrian mobility and safety within the CTA. These goals became the basis for the Landscaping Improvement Program, which will prove pivotal in enhancing the entire LAX environment.

Lush native landscaping will respond to the environment while supporting sustainability and maintenance goals. Horizontal and vertical elements will connect the ground-level experience to the Automated People Mover, operating 45 feet overhead.

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