Swinerton Builders and its team have secured a $58.8m contract from the Long Beach City Council for US-based Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) Phase II Terminal Area Improvements project.

The contract was awarded to a team of four companies, including Swinerton Builders, design firm Corgan Associates, architectural and urban design firm Studio One Eleven and VCA Engineers.

Long Beach City Council Mayor Robert Garcia said: “This project will ensure that Long Beach Airport remains one of the top-ranked airports in the US, well-known for its ease of use and world-class amenities for residents and visitors.

“I am sure these improvements will make our airport even better and improve its ranking in the years ahead.”

The three-year contract is divided into three stages: design, preconstruction, and construction of the project components.

“I am sure these improvements will make our airport even better and improve its ranking in the years ahead.”

The design and construction phases are scheduled to commence this year and will continue through 2021.

LGB believes that $32m in airport funds will be invested during the first year of the project.

The design-builder will use the investment to start working on the design of the entire project, which will include construction of the ticketing lobby, consolidated baggage claim and the checked baggage inspection system facility.

LGB stated that the improvements are likely to conclude by the end of next year.

Subsequent construction is anticipated to be completed in 2020 and includes rehabilitation of the terminal and relocation of the rental car customer transaction services area to the first floor of the historic terminal building.

The final construction works include the terminal loop roadway and signage improvements, consolidated rental car storage and ready-return surface lot and development of a new ground transportation area.

Once completed, the improvements will enhance the functional flow from curb to gate, improve convenience of passengers, and decrease vehicle congestion in the terminal loop.