LAWA’s First Design-Build Project Wins 2016 DBIA WPR Award for LAX CUP

May 27, 2016

The LAX Central Utility Plant (CUP) Replacement project team received the 2016 Merit Award from the Design-Build Institute ofLAX_CUP America (DBIA) Western Pacific Region for successfully employing Design-Build principles.

The project has received other awards including the 2016 Honor Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) California chapter, the 2015 Best Projects Award in the Energy/Industrial Category from Engineering News-Record (ENR) and the 2015 Outstanding Architectural Engineering Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch.

Gruen Associates was the Architect on the Design-Build team including Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture as the General Contractor and Arup as the A/E Design Lead for the LAX Central Utility Plant (CUP) Replacement project.

The $298 million, 83,000-SF, LEED Gold certified Central Terminal Area (CTA) CUP Replacement project provides LAX with a new CUP and related equipment. The existing CUP was demolished and the existing site was used to construct the new state-of-the-art CUP, a thermal energy storage (TES) tank and an above-ground maintenance facility designed to exceed the needs of the Airport. The critical CUP replacement facility was designed to meet increased heating and cooling capacities in anticipation of the airport’s new Bradley West Terminal.