The much-beloved Long Beach Airport now has less of a tiny Caribbean island airport feel with the opening of its new (mostly indoors!) concourse yesterday. Work started two years ago on the new space, designed by HOK with concessions by LB-based Studio One Eleven, and finished up five entire months early. It includes "two terminal buildings, 4,200 square feet of outdoor seating and more than 10,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space for Long Beach merchants" (yep, all locals), reports the Press-Telegram. The outdoor space has fire pits, a wine bar, and a "garden walkway." And this is novel: food will cost the same inside the airport as it does outside. Could Long Beach be killing it any more on this? Yeah: the project was all funded through airport revenue.
· Long Beach Airport opens long-awaited new concourse to passengers [LBPT]
· HOK Architects' Big Plans for Long Beach Airport [Curbed LA]