PHOTOS: New $2 billion terminal at LAX unveiled Thursday

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Los Angeles International Airport previews the new Tom Bradley International Terminal on Thursday for the media. The 150,000 square-foot Great Hall includes 60 new luxury retail shops and gourmet dining.

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The Burberry and Coach stores, among many others, are set to open in the future. There are 18 new gates at the international terminal.

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A series of screens are the first visible features when entering the Great Hall. The hall is part of a $4.1-billion improvement program at the airport.

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Gustavo Gomez, a sales representative for SK-II the skin care line, stands in a duty-free store selling perfumes and cosmetics from different high-end brands.

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A large screen above a soon-to-be-finished Coach store displays departure times.

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The entrance to the Great Hall includes large skylights and a faux waterfall doing down a two-floor television monitor.

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"LAX" is carved in ice for a media preview of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal on Thursday.

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The terminal design was inspired by the waves along Southern California's beaches. The structure is 110 feet tall.

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A sales associate straightens sunglasses on display in the Gucci store, one of several high-end stores in the terminal.

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There are 32 new retail units and four duty-free stores in the Great Hall.

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A lounge area provides views of the terminal's jetways. The overall Tom Bradley International Terminal project is set to be finished in 2015.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) officials showed off some of the results of $2 billion in renovations Thursday at the Bradley International Terminal.  The new 150,000 square foot Bradley terminal at LAX is part of a $4 billion project at the airport. 

The terminal's Great Hall, which will feature more than 60 retailers and restaurants, is nearing completion, as are 18 new boarding gates, nine of which are designed to accommodate a new generation of super jumbo jets.

Some of the highlights on display Thursday are 31 new places to eat including the Border Grill, Umami Burger, 800 Degrees and Larder at Tavern, along with 50,000-square-feet of retail space featuring shops such as Fred Segal and Kitson.

Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs the airport,  said the Bradley International Terminal renovations are part of the $4.1 billion LAX Capital Improvements Program, the largest public works project in the city's history.  Curtis Fentress was the project's architect and designed the renovation.

Fenstress said Thursday that one goal of the design is to get passengers from the gates to the curbside quicker.

“We have gates that accommodate the double-decker 380s," said Fentress.  "You’ll see three connectors that go out to the planes - jet bridges - so [passengers] can get off both levels at the same time.  And you flow through a corridor that is coming through the building that is filled with daylight so immediately there’s day-lit space that you are walking through.  You can see the excitement of this building."

Fentress said the passport control area also is intended to keep people moving.

"We have doubled the number of passport control agents," said Fentress.

L.A. World Airports said LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third busiest in the United States.

With contributions by KPCC Wire Services

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