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    Much Of LB Airport-Hired Firm's Recommended Terminal Facilities Expansion Is Larger Than EIR Scoping Proposed in Sept. 2003...And Some of JetBlue's Proposals Are Even Larger

    (June 4, 2004) -- Much of the proposed LB Airport terminal area facilities expansion recommended by HNTB, a firm retained by LB Airport, is larger than what LB City Hall contemplated in its Sept. 23, 2003 Environmental Impact Report Notice of Preparation and Scoping.

    And a proposal advanced by JetBlue -- LB Airport's largest commercial carrier (holding 22 of 41 large aircraft flight slots) is in some respects even larger.

    HNTB, a major architectural, engineering and planning firm that has helped design and build big projects nationally -- including airports -- and played a major role in building the Alameda Corridor, made calculations (which it called Scenario 1) based on filling all of LGB's current noise budgeted 41 daily large aircraft flight slots plus 25 noise budgeted daily commuter flight slots and applied what it called industry standards and FAA recommendations.

    HNTB then adjusted its Scenario 1 figures downward to reflect what it called "constraints of the existing facilities -- [producing a recommendation] that that minimizes new expansion, and still provides an adequate level of service for the forecast passenger activity at LGB."

    JetBlue's proposal, distributed at the May 27 Airport Advisory Commission meeting, advocates the full Scenario 1 square footage before HNTB downsized the figures to reflect LB Airport's constraints.

    We compare some salient figures below.

    DescriptionExisting Facilities Incl. Temporary Modular BldgsCalculated Facility Reqts (HNTB Scenario 1)City of LB proposed 9/22/03 EIR Notice of Prep. & ScopingHNTB RecommendedJet Blue Proposed
    Holdrooms (total)19,650 sq. ft.41,334 sq. ft.26,500 sq. ft.32,950 sq. ft.41,334 sq. ft.
    Passenger Security Screening5,900 sq. ft.9,100 sq. ft. (not incl. passenger queuing)6,000 sq. ft.10,000 sq. ft.10,000 sq. ft.
    Concession Area5,460 sq. ft.25,531 sq. ft.13,460 sq. ft.25,460 sq. ft.30,000 sq. ft.
    Baggage Security Screening5,000 sq. ft.9,574 sq. ft.7,000-10,000 sq. ft.7,000-10,000 sq. ft.10,000 sq. ft.
    Office space (total)12,570 sq. ft.33,250 sq. ft.20,000 sq. ft.28,500 sq. ft.Not specified in handout

    Source: HNTB Passenger Terminal Improvements -- Facilitty Comparison, Table 4; JetBlue handout "Our Proposal for LGB"

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