LAWA & URW issue 27-unit LAX Midfield Satellite tender

By Charlotte Turner |

LAX-Airport-at-night-leadLos Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Unibail‐Rodamco‐Westfield Airports insist they are taking an ‘innovative, inclusive approach’ to the Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP) for the 750,000sq ft Midfield Satellite Concourse at LAX, slated to open in 2020.


The CEP will be open for 27 dining, retail and amenity opportunities in the new concourse, encompassing 28,000sq ft of dining and retail space. “These opportunities include a wide selection of individual, open‐to‐bid spaces for brands and operators to bring in a truly authentic LA feel,” says LAWA.


Two of the opportunities are available exclusively for small business and ACDBE participation. The deadline for proposals is 18 May, and all related documents are available on the CEP website at:


“Los Angeles is a city of varied cultures and incredible cuisines, and we are excited to bring the flavours and creativity of the city to our guests at LAX,” said Deborah Flint, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports.



“Our new concourse will connect the world to the best of Los Angeles, and we expect a diverse array of restaurateurs, retailers and experience providers to participate in the Competitive Evaluation Process.”



“Creating these terminals is about so much more than just leasing space,” said Michael Caro, Unibail‐Rodamco‐Westfield Airports’ Vice President of Leasing at LAX. “We want the experience at the airport to mirror the experience of Los Angeles, with businesses big and small coexisting to create a truly unique, vibrant feel.”


The Midfield Satellite Concourse will be located in the central area of the airfield – west of Tom Bradley International Terminal – and connected to the Bradley Terminal via underground tunnels servicing passengers, baggage and utilities. The concourse will have 12 aircraft gates, including two for new large Group VI aircraft.


Unibail‐Rodamco‐Westfield Airports – one of the largest airport shopping centre developers in the US – has revealed an overall design theme for the concourse, called ‘Neighborhoods’. The theme dictates that the area should exude a cool, hip, and modern California vibe while at the same time paying homage to LA’s Downtown (DTLA), Mid‐City and Ocean Communities.


Each of these distinct neighbourhoods will be highlighted within three concourse districts differentiated from one another through sculptural forms, ‘artisanal materials and creative palettes’.


“The guest experience begins in the DTLA district, featuring a streamlined, modern aesthetic to evoke Downtown’s high‐rises,” says URW Airports. “Proceeding further into the environment, guests will next enter the Mid‐City district, an artisanal space with an art deco inspiration and an industrial, textured feel.


“The Ocean Communities district rounds out the experience with an eclectic and artsy stroll down an LA beach boardwalk.”


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