by By Kaylee Hultgren | October 28, 2009

Last week, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded $1.26 billion in contracts to redesign the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Known as the Bradley West Project, the work will take four years and will include two parts: The first, dubbed the Bradley West Gates Project, includes the addition of nine new boarding gates, dual passenger loading bridges, concourses with larger passenger lounges, new tarmac areas and specialized equipment to accommodate new-generation aircraft, all to be completed by 2012. The second part, the Bradley West Core Improvements, will upgrade customs and border-protection facilities, build secure corridors between terminals 3 and 4, and add 1.25 million square feet of food, beverage and retail concessions. Work on the second part will finish in spring 2013.