LAWA LAX Design-Build (D-B) New Central Utility Plant (CUP), Los Angeles, CA
LAWA LAX Design-Build (D-B) New Central Utility Plant (CUP), Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles World Airports

Completion Date

2014 (est.)

DYA Client

Clark/McCarthy, Joint Venture

Project Cost

$438 Million

Project Description

The replacement central utility plant (CUP) project was a design-build project involving construction of a new CUP to replace the existing CUP at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The purpose of the project was to accommodate the increased utility demand associated with the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) improvements.  The replacement CUP will be constructed between the existing CUP and the existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control tower.  Upon completion of the replacement CUP, the existing CUP will be demolished and used for the site of thermal energy storage (TES) tank.  The project will also include construction of new cooling towers and a maintenance facility.

The primary geotechnical considerations for the project included shallow and deep foundation design, seismic response analysis, and temporary and permanent retaining structure design.  Of particular concern was the design of temporary shoring, which needed to consider existing critical structures adjacent to the project site, including the FAA air traffic control tower.  DYA’s services included reviewing existing data; performing a geophysical seismic site survey, a subsurface investigation of the site, laboratory testing, and analysis for the primary geotechnical considerations; and preparing a report.

Clint Isa, PE – Geotechnical Manager

Allen M. Yourman, Jr., PE, GE – Geotechnical Principal

Our Services


  • Site and route evaluations
  • Geologic hazards
  • Seismic design
  • Site characterization
  • Subsurface drainage
  • Grading
  • Ground improvement
  • Slope stability
  • Foundations
  • Dynamic analyses
  • Pavements
  • Instrumentation


  • Material sources
  • Construction observation and testing
  • Verification of anticipated conditions
  • Evaluation of changed conditions
  • Foundation installation
  • Instrumentation
  • Claims evaluation


  • Site characterization
  • Remediation
  • Solid and liquid waste disposal
  • Landfill
  • Aerially Deposited Lead (ADL) Studies
  • Phase I Initial Site Assessments (ISA)
  • Phase II Hazardous Waste Studies
  • Sustainability


  • Forensic investigation
  • Litigation support

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