An Oasis. That is what the owners of Delta Airlines wanted to create to welcome passengers into one of the busiest airports in the world, one that sees more than 50 million travelers a year. A unique cooperative of architects, construction managers, engineers, and contractor was assembled to meet an almost impossible schedule with an extremely tight program budget. What was ultimately created stands as one of the most striking pieces of airport architecture in the modern world - an efficiently functioning manifestation of human endeavor, effective planning, unyielding determination, and just plain hard work.

The $75 million Delta Airlines Terminal 5 renovation at Los Angeles International Airport was a 270,000 square foot expansion and remodeling project set within a timeframe of 18 months. The challenge was to remodel an airline terminal in one of the most active airports in the United States, cause no significant disruption of airline operations or loss of revenue, meet a fast-track schedule within the $75 million budget, and concurrently redesign major elements of the project. All this, while tripling the square footage of new construction.
Joseph  Duda
       Dedicated to Craftsmanship, Service, and Integrity.
Architecture
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Los Angeles International Airport - Delta Terminal 5
contact:  505-501-1984             jcduda.architecture@gmail.com           santa fe, new mexico, usa
"Delta is particularly proud of our Los Angeles Oasis Terminal in that it is but another indication of Delta's firm and long-standing commitment to passenger comfort and convenience.  Our company's philosophy regarding quality service has earned us the distinction of leading the nine largest US carriers in passenger satisfaction for the past 16 consecutive years, according to the Department of Transportation.  Delta's new terminal in the Los Angeles International Airport is a tribute to the tremendous cooperative arrangement between airport officials, contractors, architects, and engineers that made it all possible - on time and under budget."
                                                              - Ronald W. Allen, Chairman and CEO, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
While working for the largest Architectural and Engineering firm in Los Angeles, Joseph Duda functioned as the Project Manager for all design phase and partial construction phase services for this effort. In order to aid the contractor in the most efficient method of construction sequencing, Joseph created the schedule and assisted in the formulation of a set of plans and elevations that detailed the building phases.
The terminal remained open, fully functioning, and actually maintained more gates throughout construction than previously under normal operation. The successfully completed project won Project Management Institute's Project of the Year Award in 1989, an annual award that recognizes and honors a project exemplifying the application of solid and effective project and program management techniques.