News Jul 1, 2024

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Soars in Style: Paves Way for New Passenger Terminal

New 355,000-square-foot, 14-gate terminal promises to redefine the airport experience for millions of travelers

Aerial rendering of Burbank airport at dusk

Rendering courtesy of Hollywood Burbank Airport Terminal

Heralding a new era in air travel, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority just sealed the deal on their 2024 Airport Revenue Bonds, fueling the funding of an exciting project to replace the passenger terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport. 

The new terminal’s design concept, coined “Icon,” will replace the existing passenger terminal in a new location on airport grounds with more modern conveniences and safety improvements. “Icon” is being developed through a wider initiative, Elevate BUR, which will be a beacon of modern design and technological innovation, and will serve as a key hub for domestic flights for the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena. This effort will be mostly financed by proceeds of the $724.78 million of its 2024 Series A, B and C Airport Senior Revenue Bonds (“Bonds”), which were issued through an underwriting syndicate led by BofA Securities with Public Resources Advisory Group serving as the Authority’s municipal advisor. With its sleek architecture, spacious interiors, and state-of-the-art facilities, the terminal sets a new standard for airport infrastructure and passenger comfort – at no cost to local taxpayers. 

Designing a terminal with an eye toward the future

Our Jacobs team is playing a critical role in the new terminal design, which will take the airport to new heights as it transcends the definition of ordinary by increasing the user functionality and experience at the gates, enhancing check-in and security features, creating a creative space with amenities and retail options, while also streamlining baggage and curbside flows. And of course, there will be smart technology in the main parking facility, a replacement airline cargo structure, and other supporting facilities for maintenance and ground service equipment.

Whether we’re designing new or rehabilitating existing taxiways, we ensure the wellbeing of workers, passengers and aircraft alike – and this project is no different. Our upgrades exceed the stringent safety requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In fact, the new terminal’s design isn’t merely compliant; it aspires to achieve a minimum LEED silver standard, with the potential to attain LEED gold—a testament to our dedication to sustainability and excellence.

Additionally, as a purpose-led company, we’re guided by creating positive impact and long-term value in everything we do and once again, the new terminal design at the Burbank airport isn’t an exception. The airport is poised to construct a state-of-the-art smart parking facility, accommodating over 500 parking spaces equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. And, the forthcoming concessions and heating structures eschew natural gas entirely, opting for clean, electric alternatives—a resounding testament to our promise of creating a more connected, sustainable world. 

Airports are hubs of connection and the Burbank airport, due to its strategic location and thoughtful design upgrades, plays an even greater role in community resilience. It’s been officially designated as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) response airport. In the unfortunate event of a major catastrophe, such as an earthquake, the airport would serve as a vital FEMA logistic center, ensuring coordination, support and assistance for the local community. 

Take the airport to new heights

We’ve been at the heart of the progressive design-build program at Hollywood Burbank Airport since 2022. In fact, during the first 90-day period, our team drafted a program charter that established the governance structure for the program and defined the roles and responsibilities of identified stakeholders. Jacobs provided an analysis and recommendations for changes to the existing cost model within the first 30 days of our contract. 

Due to our meticulous planning and cohesive and comprehensive teamwork, we evaluated the scope of the project, reviewed existing estimates, performed market analysis, developed various levels of value engineering recommendations, and reduced or eliminate unnecessary soft costs to recognize more than $450 million in savings from a previous estimate. 

"This program represents a milestone in our efforts to provide world-class facilities for passengers and airlines," says Jacobs Senior Vice President Katus Watson. "We’re delivering a terminal that not only meets the highest standards of safety and efficiency but also showcases the best of this city's hospitality and innovation."

As construction on the new terminal progresses through October 2026, all eyes are on the ambitious vision and meticulous planning that will shape its development. With a focus on positive impacts, technology and passenger experience, the terminal is poised to become a landmark destination that reflects the city's aspirations and values. Anticipation builds for the day when the terminal doors will open, welcoming travelers to a new era of air travel.

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