Finishing touches remain, but Los Angeles residents and select media got a glimpse last weekend of the glittering new $1.9-billion Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at the Los Angeles International Airport. Built to improve the passenger experience and accommodate bigger airplanes, the new terminal is a cavernous 1.2-million square, suffused with natural light.
Outfitted with more than 60 dining and retail options, including many local Los Angeles businesses, plus coveted electrical outlets and USB ports at 47 percent of the seats at the gates, the upgrade is a welcome departure from the existing Tom Bradley Terminal’s dim, depressing, warehouse-like space. The new terminal is the centerpiece of a larger $4.1 billion renovation for the airport. “We set out to put Los Angeles back on the map and this building is going to be a big leap in that direction,” said Curtis Fentress, whose firm Fentress Architects designed the terminal upgrade.