United Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) began construction on the new Technical Operations Center (TOC) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last month (February).
According to news sources, the new facility will include two connected buildings – a GSE and facilities maintenance building and a line maintenance hangar, including an engine support shop that will focus on the Dreamliner fleet.
The commencement of this $352 million TOC pushes the airline’s investments at its Los Angeles hub to nearly $1 billion in recent years. It will consolidate two facilities that United currently operates at LAX that are located a mile and a half apart, improving efficiency with not only moving aircraft around the airport but with transporting employees, parts, tools and other supplies.
Sources said the new TOC will be located near the airline’s terminal and stand at 407,408 square feet. The facility’s hangar will be able to accommodate up to six narrow-body or two widebody aircraft at a time, supporting United’s 150 flights that depart from LAX every day.
United tapped AECOM Hunt to be the prime contractor for the project, and selected FSB as lead architect for the facility. The airline is also partnering with AvAirPros, which is providing project management services during construction of the TOC.