LAX – Tom Bradley International Terminal Curbside Enhancement

A beacon of light ignites the new LAX experience.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has undergone significant changes to improve the experience of travelers at the airport. June 2013 marked a significant milestone in this endeavor, the unveiling of Phase I of the LAX Enhancements project designed by HLB Lighting Design and architect AECOM. Phase I dramatically improves the traveler’s experience with a design that captures the spirit of Los Angeles. A unique design, site, program, and strict standards necessitated the application of innovative and agile problem solving methodologies throughout the entire project.

Los Angeles is a progressive city that is constantly innovating and in flux, the team sought a design that would be forward-thinking and inspirational but simple enough to be timeless. Combining the dynamically changing light ribbon with the aerodynamic light sculptures reflects this trademark Los Angeles culture. Customized LED technology was pivotal to the success of the design, enabling discrete integration of light and architecture.

Project Highlights

• Custom LED ribbon integration into structural light poles
• Designed to airport standards
• Upgrades of lighting systems adhering to FAA & aircraft control tower regulations




Project Background

• 28,750 square foot canopy
• 15,350 square foot roadway
• $23.5 million


Cooper Lighting
• SOURCE Award of Recognition
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Outdoor Lighting Design Award of Merit
Architectural Lighting Design Magazine
• Commendable Achievement Exterior Lighting Award

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