Coordinating the $1.3-billion replacement terminal at LAX—the largest public-works project ever in the city of Los Angeles—was "like working on your car while it was driving 60 miles per hour down the freeway," says Jimmy Cole, senior project manager for Walsh Austin Joint Venture.
The job, which kicked off in February 2010 and wrapped up December 2012, was turned over in six phases to allow for airport operations to continue undisturbed.
Remarkably, the 1,200 workers completed the job with 1.35 million man-hours and zero accidents.
Owner: Los Angeles World Airports
Lead Design: Fentress Architects
General Contractor: Walsh Austin Joint Venture
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
Civil Engineer: TMAD Taylor & Gaines Inc., Pasadena
MEP Engineer: Syska Hennessy Group