Long Beach Airport Modernization Featured in Architectural Record
HOK’s new passenger concourses recall the relaxed atmosphere of early air travel according to Architectural Record.
“For the multiphased $140 million plan, HOK won the $45 million commission to design LGB’s new concourses—providing gate-side boarding lounges and concessions—plus a security-screening building, a central meet-and-greet plaza, and adjacent grounds. (The historic terminal’s renovation will occur in a later phase.)”
“Inspired by Southern California’s mild climate, HOK’s solution interweaves secure indoor and outdoor spaces, keeping the airport experience relaxed, even resortlike, while, almost imperceptibly, meeting the constraints of budget, access controls, and EIR-allowed square footage. The modernization keeps the 1941 terminal front and center, the airport’s gateway and pinnacle. Beyond it, travelers pass HOK’s open-air meet-and-greet plaza, en route to the 8,900-square-foot security-checkpoint building. Its steel moment frame allows for flexibility.”
“Once screened, passengers have the rare opportunity—within an airport—to enjoy the outdoors. To reach the concourses, they cross a secure 21,000-square-foot garden, studded with palm trees and native drought-tolerant plants. Its canopy-shaded wooden boardwalks evoke the city’s beachfront. And the concessions are all local, including coffee and wine bars, plus a patio with fire pit–side dining.”
“‘We weren’t trying to mimic or upstage the historic terminal,’ said Ernest Cirangle, director of design in HOK’s Los Angeles office. ‘Our idea was to quietly offer a different, but compatible experience that would complement or resonate with the original.’”
“‘It’s more like a destination than a transportation hub,’ says LBG senior civil engineer Jeff Sedlak. ‘I’ve seen arriving passengers lingering here for a glass of wine or a meal before exiting security.’ And he often spots people snapping photos of the airport concourses—perhaps because the palm tree-and-boardwalk ambience has a way of making any arrival, whatever its purpose, feel like the beginning of a vacation.”