b'TERMINAL/BAGGAGE LGB47When Guidry arrived at LGB in 2019, construction on Phase IIexplains. Our results proved that the was poised to begin. Then, the COVID pandemic hit.team was working as one. Together with Swinerton, the airport studied cash flows and The Pause of 2020 coordinated the required construction. As travel throughout the industry came to a screeching halt inBeing flexible and learning how to pivot 2020, LGB officials had to determine if it made sense to advancequickly helped the project team get through the renovation project while revenues were at a standstill.those difficult times. Our first challenge was figuring out how to move forward afterJOSE ACOSTAEven though the timeline required some such a quick impact on passenger flow, Guidry recalls. Wealterations, we all worked together to sequence the project as were fortunate to have cash reserves and could proceed with ourclose to the original date as possible, says Swinerton Project program. We paused to work with not just the airport team butExecutive Jose Acosta. the contractor, city management and finance teams to strategize about how to continue with so much uncertainty. We took it stepHonoring Airports Rich Historyby step, milestone by milestone. Long Beach was a hotbed for early aviation, establishing Southern Clear communication with carriers, tenants, concessionairesCalifornias first municipal airport in 1924. Before then, aircraft in and parking companies through the transition period was criticalthe beachfront area along the Pacific Ocean had to land and take as all parties came up with new blueprints for the uncertainoff only at low tide. Nearby, Earl Daugherty ran a flying school and future. Out of necessity, LGB slowed the timeline slightly for thepushed for a real airfield in Long Beach. Because of his efforts, beginning of the project.the airport is also known as Daugherty Field.The team had to develop key decision points about how toWhen the terminal building was erected, artist Grace pull the trigger for procurement, installation and more, GuidryClements was tapped by the Works Progress Administration to AirportImprovement.comNovember |December 2022'