DLR Group Serves as Executive Architect for LAX Terminal 2 Renovation

A new and improved traveler experience is taking shape at one of the world’s busiest airports. Global developer Westfield is transforming the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 2 into a world-class facility with updated amenities, seating, dining and retail options. DLR Group is serving as Executive Architect for the project.

Twenty new dining and retail destinations, including nine Southern California brands, will be available to the 5.5 million travelers who navigate through LAX Terminal 2 each year. The 84,000 SF renovation doubles the number of dining options and features a mix of healthy sit-down, casual, and grab-and-go. Travelers also will have two times the retail shops to purchase trip essentials and specialty items.

“The LAX Terminal 2 modernization will change traveler expectations around the world,” said DLR Group Principal Brian Arial. “For some visitors, LAX Terminal 2 is their first impression of California and the United States. By including Southern California-specific restaurants and retail stores within the terminal, these first-time visitors will get an immediate taste of the local L.A. culture.”

With three distinct districts, the traveler journey begins after crossing the TSA checkpoint with a meandering Commercial Hub that connects to a Dining Terrace with several unique destinations, textured surfaces and lounge-style seating. The journey continues with The Strand, an open, flowing dining and shopping area with a grand, sculptural staircase leading to a mezzanine with café overlooking the concourse below.

Renovations to the infrastructure include mechanical air distribution and controls, new lighting and ample power distribution throughout public areas. Construction will be phased to allow for continuous operations with minimal impact to passenger flow and airfield operations. The renovation is scheduled to conclude for the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles in July.