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HOK Architects' Big Plans for Long Beach Airport

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Airport construction seems to be all the rage these days, and here's the latest on Long Beach Airport's $136 million modernization plan. Designed by global firm HOK Architects, the go-to firm for airport design (update: they're also did work at the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX in 2006*; Fentress Architects is now working on the current remodel), the plan is to add new terminals, and waiting areas around the original 1926 Steamline Moderne building, as well as new $49 million parking garage. According to today's Press-Telegram, there are also new screening places, while "new terminal's roof will be covered by hundreds of solar panels providing some 50,000 watts of electricity." Additionally, there's now a walk-thru tour of the project on the airport's web site. Work on the parking garage began earlier this year, while the terminal work will begin next year. Meanwhile, the paper points out that the airport has seen a significant spike in passengers ever since Jet Blue began servicing the area in 2001.
· Long Beach's Airport of the Future [Press-Telegram]