The work of updating the Long Beach Airport is quietly plugging along. The airport opened a new $49 million parking garage last July, and is currently in various stages of planning and design on the $140 million Long Beach Airport Terminal Improvement announced in April 2010 (designed by HOK, the project is expected to be complete in 2013). Long Beach-based design firm Studio One Eleven is designing the concession area, releasing this teaser of a design concept drawing today. Studio One Eleven is responsible for tons of Long Beach projects, including the parklets along Long Beach's retro row and the 4th+Linden adaptive reuse office project. They're working with The Paradies Shops, and restaurants will include McKenna's On the Bay and Taco Beach Cantina.
The LGB terminal was built in 1926, but while the exterior of the Streamline Moderne building has retained its charm, the passenger waiting area on the inside is either cramped or uncomfortable depending on how you look at it. The improvement project includes new terminals, waiting areas, screening areas, and a new solar array. All the details for the airport's many ongoing capital projects (including taxiway and runway rehabs, modernization of the historic terminal, and improvements to the existing parking garage) are available in the airport's quarterly report (pdf).
· Sketch of the Week: Long Beach Airport [Studio One Eleven]
· HOK Architects' Big Plans for Long Beach Airport [Curbed LA]
· Capital Improvement Program Quarterly Report [Long Beach Airport]