Since the December 10, 2009 groundbreaking, work on the Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) new parking garage has been in full swing. The newest development includes the closure of parking Lot C, effective March 1, 2010. Included in the plans are modifications to the roadways serving LGB. The roadway improvements will allow drivers exiting LGB direct access to southbound Lakewood Boulevard and will mitigate traffic congestion along Donald Douglas Drive.
Although Lot C is closed, Lots A and B and remote Lot D remain open for passenger use. For passenger convenience, Lots A and B are within walking distance of the terminal. Shuttles to and from remote Lot D are free and operate every 15 minutes. Additional shuttles are operating between the terminal and Lot D to serve the additional patrons now using the remote lot.
“Exceeding our customer’s expectations is what we’re focused on,” said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. “Our customers are happy with LGB, but they’ve asked for more from their airport and we’re going to give it to them. More convenience and better customer service starts now with the construction of our new parking garage.”
This phase of the Airport Modernization Plan is the first major development at LGB since the mid-80s. The 18-month, $48.4 million dollar project supports 450 jobs in 50 trades. The garage, opening in the fall of 2011, will be built on the existing surface of parking Lot B and a portion of Lot C.
Phase I will create 1,989 structured parking spaces and 247 surface parking spaces. The five-story garage will be 735,000 square feet, with a total project site of 10.2 acres.
As a green airport, LGB looks forward to the elimination of its only offsite parking, Lot D. Once the new garage opens, shuttles will no longer be necessary, thus eliminating the carbon emissions generated by those shuttles.
Additionally, the parking structure design will accommodate future solar panel installation.
The parking structure complements the historic terminal building, with curved corners and graduated frontage that maintain a line of sight to the terminal. The new building also features glazed stairwells, decorative glass panels and a stand-alone glass elevator intended to reduce the horizontal impact on the street. A peaceful, tree-lined, outdoor courtyard with drought resistant landscaping are key features of the design. The structural system consists of cast-in-place post-tensioned beams and columns with a moment frame lateral system to maintain an open facade.