USA. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Unibail‐Rodamco‐Westfield Airports have launched a Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP) for 27 commercial outlets at the 750,000sq ft Midfield Satellite Concourse. The facility is scheduled to open in 2020.

The partners said they are taking “an innovative, inclusive approach” to the bid process, which covers dining, retail and amenity opportunities across 28,000sq ft. The opportunities include individual spaces for brands and operators that encourage “an authentic Los Angeles feel”. Two of the opportunities are available exclusively for small business and ACDBE participation. The video below summarises the opportunities.

“Los Angeles is a city of varied cultures and incredible cuisines, and we are excited to bring the flavours and creativity of the city to our guests at LAX,” said Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint. “Our new concourse will connect the world to the best of Los Angeles, and we expect a diverse array of restaurateurs, retailers and experience providers to participate in the Competitive Evaluation Process.”

“Creating these terminals is about so much more than just leasing space,” said Unibail‐Rodamco‐Westfield Airports’ Vice President of Leasing at LAX Michael Caro. “We want the experience at the airport to mirror the experience of Los Angeles, with businesses big and small coexisting to create a unique, vibrant feel.”

Los Angeles World Airports and Unibail‐Rodamco‐Westfield Airports revealed artist impressions of the proposed L.A.-themed zones at an outreach event recently.

The Midfield Satellite Concourse will be located in the central area of the airfield – west of Tom Bradley International Terminal – and connected to the Bradley Terminal via underground tunnels servicing passengers, baggage and utilities. The concourse will have 12 aircraft gates, including two for new large Group VI aircraft.

In its vision for the new concourse, Unibail‐Rodamco‐Westfield Airports’ overall design theme is called ‘Neighborhoods’. The project, it said, “should exude a cool, hip, and modern California vibe while at the same time paying homage to L.A.’s Downtown (DTLA), Mid‐City and Ocean Communities”. Each of these neighbourhoods will be highlighted within three concourse districts differentiated from one another through sculptural forms, artisanal materials and creative palettes.

The company stated: “The guest experience begins in the DTLA district, featuring a streamlined, modern aesthetic to evoke Downtown’s high‐rises. Proceeding further into the environment, guests will next enter the Mid‐City district, an artisanal space with an art deco inspiration and an industrial, textured feel. The Ocean Communities district rounds out the experience with an eclectic and artsy stroll down an L.A. beach boardwalk’.”

The deadline for proposals is 18 May with documents available on the CEP website at:
www.urwairports.com/laxcep.

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