October 30, 2015

Last night Long Beach Airport Terminal Improvements received an AIA Los Angeles Design Award! The prestigious award marks the fifth award for the iconic project. Meléndrez was the landscape architect on the project, designing open-air garden spaces integral to the airport experience. Passengers pass through the garden spaces on their way to and from their gates, offering respite from the hectic, and often stressful, experience of modern air travel.

Through the design of these new landscape spaces, Meléndrez saw an opportunity to create a landscape experience that elevates public perception of the City’s distinctive character and enhances its appeal as a transit hub. Long Beach’s unique geography, climate and cultural heritage were inspiration for the landscape design. The design evokes the character of coastal and riparian waterfront through California Fan Palms, Agaves that abstract the color and movement of the sea, and wooden benches that resemble palettes at dockyards. The design also accommodates functional requirements such as safety, security and circulation, while maintaining an inviting sense of human-scale.

The project has also been awarded the following awards:

Community Impact Award, 45th Los Angeles Architectural Awards, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), 2015

Quality of Life Design Award, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Southern California Chapter, 2014

Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, League of California Cities, 2014

Aviation Project of the Year, California Transportation Foundation, 2013