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Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Breaks Ground on $1.2 Billion Terminal

Published on Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 5:33 am

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority marked the beginning of construction on a new $1.2 billion passenger terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport, known as “Elevate BUR,” with a Thursday groundbreaking.

The ceremony was attended by over 250 community leaders, elected officials, and local stakeholders.

Pasadena Councilmember Felicia Williams, President of the BGP Airport Authority, addressed the gathering.

“From the friendly staff, to the airlines, to the convenience, Hollywood Burbank Airport is the gem of this community,” Williams said. “We have a great team of Airport Commissioners with backgrounds in finance, law, construction, and public service, who are dedicated to moving this project forward on time and on budget.”

Image of the new terminal’s interior. [BGPAA artwork]
The new terminal, located in the airport’s northeast quadrant, will replace the existing facility to meet FAA standards and State building requirements. It is designed to enhance the passenger experience with new features and amenities, including a variety of shopping and dining options, upgraded restrooms, more space, a new ticketing lobby, a new baggage screening system, and an updated TSA checkpoint.

The design of the new facility improves safety by adding distance between airport runways and the terminal building. It also includes updates to meet current earthquake design and ADA accessibility standards. 

A 45,900-square-foot aircraft parking area for boarding and deplaning, a new parking structure with EV charging, and a new on-airport access road are also planned.

The new terminal aims to reduce the airport’s overall emissions and achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Sustainable features include electrical vehicle charging, electric ground service equipment airside, water use reduction, and connections to the regional transit network.

The project will be funded without state, county, or local funds from the Tri-Cities of Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. Jacobs is providing project management services for Elevate BUR. The design-build team is led by Holder, Pankow, TEC, Joint Venture (HPTJV), with Corgan providing architectural services for the project in association with CannonDesign.

Construction of the new terminal is expected to take place from 2024 to 2026. For more information, please visit

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