On April 16, 2012, the City of Burbank and Bob Hope Airport invited the public to begin participating in an online questionnaire about the Airport’s future. The questionnaire is available at www.bobhopeairportsurvey.com and will remain open until April 30, 2012. Results will be announced in late May.
The questionnaire is part of a joint outreach effort between the City of Burbank and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority to achieve a consensus about the future of Bob Hope Airport. On March 15, 2012, a joint session of the Burbank City Council and the Airport Authority was briefed on the results of a public opinion research poll conducted about the Bob Hope Airport. The survey revealed that 92% of respondents in Burbank have a generally favorable view of the Airport, and a majority would support a replacement terminal that meets current earthquake and FAA design standards, and that contains the same number of passenger gates as the current terminal. Similar results were recorded from survey respondents in Glendale, Pasadena, and areas of Los Angeles near the Airport.
The research firm of Goodwin Simon Strategic Research presented these findings at a public meeting. Contents of the complete survey are available on the websites of the City of Burbank and Bob Hope Airport.
On March 22, 2012, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority opened bids for the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC). Bids were competitive and appeared to be within budget, allowing the project to receive further Authority consideration.
McCarthy Building Companies was identified as the low bidder, with a bid of $72,683,000 for the RITC’s construction. A second project component—a replacement parking structure—was bid at $8.5 million by Bomel Construction Company in January. The combined total of $81.2 million compares favorably to the Authority’s construction budget of $93 million for all elements. The next step in the process is issuance of bonds to finance the project, followed by award of contracts.
Groundbreaking on the RITC project is slated for June 2012, with a construction schedule of 24 months. The RITC will accommodate nine rental car brands currently serving Bob Hope Airport customers. A three-level Consolidated Rental Car Facility will provide easy access, ready return space, quick turn-around maintenance bays, fueling and car wash capabilities on each level, and a customer service building. The RITC will also include:
- A bus transit facility to accommodate local vehicles
- An elevated moving walkway connecting the RITC to the Airport terminal
- A replacement parking structure
- Off-site improvements to infrastructure, pending city approval
Updates on the RITC process are available on the Bob Hope Airport website.
In March, Bob Hope Airport hosted a community workshop on the Part 150 Study Update, the federal noise study currently being conducted by the Airport. The voluntary Part 150 program outlines the process for evaluating and reducing airport noise impacts on communities near airports. The workshop, which was conducted in an open house format, included a variety of displays that explained and summarized the federal Part 150 process, the project schedule, inventory of existing conditions, aviation forecasts, and technical details.
To evaluate the existing and projected future noise conditions at Bob Hope Airport, the Airport Authority recently initiated an update of its Part 150 Noise Exposure Maps. One of the primary purposes for conducting the six-month study is to remain eligible to receive federal funding assistance for the Airport’s ongoing residential sound insulation program, which so far has insulated more than 2,050 residences and four local schools. Preparing an updated Noise Exposure Map will also provide valuable information to the Airport, the FAA, and the City of Burbank as they consider planning for the future of the Airport.
The Airport Authority staff and consultants have reached out to a broad base of stakeholders to form a Study Advisory Committee (SAC) to provide input and feedback to the study process and technical study material. The SAC is comprised of local residents, homeowner association members, local planning agencies, airport users, and representatives from the aviation and business communities, as well as state and federal agencies.
Part 150 Study Update project materials are available on the Bob Hope Airport website, including downloadable project documentation and meeting notices.
High school student winners of the Bob Hope Airport 2012 Tower Banner Student Art Contest from Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena Unified School Districts presented their winning artwork to the Airport Authority in March. The winners were chosen from 148 entries across all three districts. Joining them were their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud family members.
This is the fifth year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has invited high school students in Grades 9-12 to enter the Bob Hope Airport Tower Banner Student Art Contest. Each year, the Airport Authority chooses a different aviation theme for the contest. This year’s theme was “Cleared for Take-Off.”
The winning artwork from each school district will be displayed on the façade of the Bob Hope Airport terminal tower for approximately three months, where it will be seen by well over a million travelers and airport visitors. Since the contest’s inception, $10,500 has been awarded in honor of the entries to each school district’s education programs for the arts. This year, each district received $3,000.
“CUPPS” Coming to Bob Hope Airport: The Airport will transition from the current proprietary computer systems, which are individually owned and operated by each airline, to a Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS). Right now, the airlines install, operate, and maintain their own computer systems and flight information displays to support passenger check-in and boarding functions. The CUPPS system will permit airlines to operate at all gates and counter positions without having to invest in their own equipment. The CUPPS project is currently underway, with construction to begin in the coming months. Within one year, the entire Airport should be completed and operating under the new common use system.
Welcome, Hollywood! As of February 2012, Bob Hope Airport has officially opened its doors to commercial filming crews. Except in limited circumstances, all commercial filming, videography, and photography requires a film permit issued by the Contracts & Properties Office of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. More information about filming guidelines can be found at the Bob Hope Airport website.
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The Bob Hope Airport is posting photos, videos, and contests on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. Some of the photos include vintage shots of Amelia Earhart, celebrity visitors, and the Lockheed Air Terminal of the 1940s and 1950s! “Like” us on Facebook at the official Bob Hope Airport page or follow our official Bob Hope Airport Twitter feed.