Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Central Utilities Plant Replacement Project

Project overview

Vanir, in joint venture with AECOM, provided project management services for LAWA’s new LEED Gold central utilities plant (CUP), the largest of its kind in the nation. The project replaced the 50-year-old plant with a more modern and efficient facility, providing additional capacity for air conditioning, heating, and lighting of terminals and airport buildings.

The new CUP supplies hot and chilled water to all terminal buildings and other facilities in the Central Terminal Area at LAX. Major project components include:

  • CUP building and chillers, boilers, pumps, and gas turbine-driven generators with heat recovery steam generators (co-gen).
  • Utility distribution systems.
  • Demolition of existing CUP, cooling towers, and maintenance
  • Pump room upgrades in the terminals.
  • New facility management and control system (FMCS).

Serving LAWA since 2005

” Vanir’s team was instrumental in providing the necessary leadership throughout the process—establishing a culture of collaboration that brought all stakeholders together to achieve project success.”

Roger Johnson, Deputy Executive Director, Airport Development, LAWA


Los Angeles, California


Los Angeles World Airports

Design Team



Clark-McCarthy Joint Venture

Construction Cost

$500 million




CUP Bldg: 64,000 SF
Maintenance Bldg: 15,000 SF
1.6 million gallon thermal energy storage tank


LEED® Gold