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Human Health Risk Assessment Report Brings New Terminal Closer

At this morning’s Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority meeting, the Authority Commission authorized the finalization and submission of the Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region; the State Office of Environmental Human Hazard Assessment; and the City of Burbank. Finalization and submission of the HHRA to the designated agencies is one of the steps in the replacement passenger terminal process and follows the Airport Authority’s submission of the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to the Federal Aviation Administration on June 30.

The HHRA was prepared by Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., for a portion of the Lockheed Plant B-6 site commonly known as the Adjacent Property, which is the preferred site for the replacement passenger terminal project. Geosyntec has summarized its findings and stated that: “The Adjacent Property is compatible for the construction of and operation of a replacement passenger terminal and associated facilities.”

The HHRA is based on the results of soil and soil gas sampling services on the Adjacent Property, was performed by EFI Global, Inc. under a contract awarded by the Commission on February 6, 2017. EFI Global conducted the sampling work in February and March, analyzing 74 soil samples and 137 soil vapor samples. EFI Global’s sampling work was conducted pursuant to a work plan approved by representatives of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region. The sampling was designed to cover an extensive range of locations from four principal areas: the Desmond leasehold in the north, the unpaved central portion of the property, the employee lot, and the Lot A parking location to the southern portion of the Adjacent Property (designated as “Lot A East” on the attached map). Two accredited environmental laboratories analyzed the samples and EFI Global prepared a 12,700-page summary report, including all laboratory reports, boring logs, chain-of-custody documents and waste disposal manifests.

The HHRA utilizes risk screening levels to calculate the potential health risks to two types of individuals: construction contractor employees building the proposed project and future employees at the replacement passenger terminal, including vendor employees, Transportation Security Administration staff and others. Risk screening levels determine whether the risk posed by chemicals detected in the environment is at a de minimis level or is at a level that would require a more detailed site-specific review.

Based upon standard screening levels published by both the California Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Geosyntec has concluded that the calculated cancer risks and noncancer hazard indexes are at or below the de minimis level for construction workers and Airport workers. Because the calculated cancer risk and noncancer hazard indexes are below de minimis levels for full-time Airport workers, Geosyntec’s report concludes that “the risk and hazard to an occasional Airport visitor would also be below de minimis levels.”

Geosyntec has also recommended that the Authority implement a Soil Management Plan to minimize soil and dust exposure to both the construction workers and to neighboring property owners and users. The Authority has already committed to implementing a Soil Management Plan as part of project design features contained in the Final Environmental Impact Report and the Development Agreement for the replacement passenger terminal project, and Geosyntec can assist in recommending specific measures to further reduce exposure during the construction phase. This recommendation is not based upon a particular risk level, but rather is intended as a further proactive measure to further reduce potential exposures during the construction process.

The HHRA is now available to the public on the Airport’s replacement passenger terminal website, BURreplacementterminal.com. If the agencies to whom the HHRA is submitted request minor revisions, such as additional tables for data display, a modified HHRA will be provided to the City of Burbank and be made available on the replacement passenger terminal website for public inspection.

EFI Global analyzed 74 soil samples and 137 soil vapor samples from a variety of locations across four
principal areas: the Desmond Leasehold, the Unpaved Central Area,
the Employee Lot/Lot A West and Lot A East.

Pick-Up Point For Ridesharing Companies To Relocate at Airport

On Tuesday, July 18, the pick-up location for ridesharing companies that operate at Hollywood Burbank Airport, such as Uber, Lyft, Wingz, and Opoli, will be relocated from the ground level of the Short Term Parking Structure to the ground transportation island closest to the Terminal B entrance. This new pick-up point will provide increased convenience for passengers who use ridesharing apps to travel from the Airport, while also alleviating traffic congestion in the Short Term Parking Structure. Rideshare drivers can continue to drop off passengers at the terminal curb.

“We’ll put personnel out there to help guide our passengers, answer questions and direct them to the new location,” said Hollywood Burbank Airport Executive Director Frank Miller. “There will be tremendous effort on our part, and our logistics are going to be dynamic.”

Other ground transportation operations will remain at the islands, although their pick-up and drop-off points will also change. Beginning July 18, door-to-door shuttles will pick up passengers at the island closest to the main terminal entrance. Airport parking shuttles will drop off and pick up passengers at the middle island across from the main terminal entrance.

Off-Airport parking shuttles, hotel shuttles and courtesy vehicles will drop off and pick up passengers at the middle island across from the entrance to Terminal B. There will be no change to the taxi pick-up location at the Airport.

A map (see below) and informational video for passengers is currently available on the Airport’s website, www.hollywoodburbankairport.com/ground-transportation, and the video will be posted on the Airport’s social media channels and on-site digital displays next week. The digital displays, courtesy of Metro Los Angeles as part of the I-5 traffic mitigation project, also provide train and bus schedules for passengers who wish to take public transit to and from the Airport.

In addition, Airport staff has delivered an informational packet, which includes maps and an instructional video, to the rideshare companies that operate at the Airport. The purpose of this information is to educate rideshare drivers about the new pick-up point prior to its implementation, as well as to emphasize Airport regulations for rideshare company pick-ups and drop-offs.

This map, which will be posted in the Airport’s baggage claim areas and on its digital displays, shows the new island locations for ground transportation options at Hollywood Burbank Airport. Additional relocation materials are available on the Airport website,

2017 Airport Tower Banner Student Art Contest Winners Announced

The high school student winners of the Hollywood Burbank Airport 2017 Tower Banner Student Art Contest from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts presented their winning artwork at today’s March 6, 2017, Airport Authority meeting.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The winners were chosen from 183 entries across all three districts. Joining them were their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.

This is the tenth year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has sponsored the contest for students of the respective Unified School Districts in Grades 9 – 12. Each year, the Airport chooses a different aviation theme for the contest. This year’s theme, “Aviation Goes to Hollywood,” was specifically chosen to correlate with the Airport’s new name, Hollywood Burbank Airport. In 2016, the theme was “History of Aviation.” In 2015, the theme was “Great Moments in Flight.” In 2014, the theme was “Skies of Freedom.” In 2013, the theme was “The Sky’s the Limit,” and in 2012 the artists illustrated “Cleared for Take Off.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Each school district determines which submissions are its top three entries. The arts and culture commissions from each respective city then consider the three entries and make the final award of the first place entries from their school districts based on the judging criteria set forth in the Authority’s contest rules.

The winning artwork from each school district is enlarged to a size of 16 feet by 26 feet for an approximately three-month display on the Hollywood Burbank Airport terminal tower, where it is seen by nearly a million travelers and airport visitors as they arrive and depart the Airport.

Since the contest’s inception ten years ago, $25,500 has been awarded to each school district in honor of the winning entries, with the stipulation that the award be used to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts. This year, each district will receive another $3,000, bringing the total to $28,500 for each school district.

The winning entries displayed on the tower are rotated among Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

Burbank Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 12th grader Anthony Sutanto of Burbank High School, will be displayed starting April 2018. His Instructor is James Bentley.

Second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, will be displayed in the Airport’s Terminal B with background information about the contest beginning in June 2017. The second and third place winners’ artwork can currently be seen on the Airport’s website.

The contest is scheduled to begin again in September 2017. To be eligible to enter the contest, student artists must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 in the public high schools of Burbank Unified School District, Glendale Unified School District or Pasadena Unified School District. Students interested in participating should contact the art faculty or art department at their high school for details.

Airport Employees and Tenants Raise Funds and Donations for Communities

Hollywood Burbank Airport staff and tenants collectively raised over $13,000 for local charities during the 2016 holiday season. The Airport’s Holiday Charity Committee, comprised of Airport staff, held luncheon fundraisers for the Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL) as part of the Airport’s annual holiday charity drive, while the Burbank Airport Firefighters Local I-61 union raised proceeds for the Disney Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. The union also collected toys for the Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund, sponsored by ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters.

At the February 6, 2017, meeting of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commission, representatives from the Holiday Charity Committee presented a check for $7,000 to Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and Officer Roxanne Haines of PAL. Since 1997, the PAL Center has provided programs and activities designed to enhance the educational, athletic and artistic experiences of young people in Pasadena.

In addition to the funds raised through three charity luncheons and donations from Airport staff, this year’s drive received special support from Airport Authority Commissioner Steve Madison of Pasadena; TBI Airport Management, Inc., the Airport’s management company; and Airport tenants Hudson Group Retail Specialists, Davies Skycap Services, Inc., Million Air, SP+, HSS, Atlantic Aviation and Desmond’s Studio Production Services. Metropolitan Culinary Services Burbank (MCS) donated the food and goods for the fundraising luncheons.

The Pasadena Police Activities League is the sixth recipient of the Airport’s annual Holiday Charity Committee fundraising efforts. Each year, the Airport Authority selects a charity from one of the three Authority member cities to receive donations. Past recipients include Ascencia and Glendale Youth Alliance in 2015, the Burbank Coordinating Council in 2014, the Pasadena Union Station Homeless Services in 2013, the Glendale Salvation Army in 2012 and the Burbank Temporary Aid Center in 2011.

In October 2016, the Burbank Airport Firefighters Local I-61 union sold T-shirts in-terminal and online to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The union raised $6,000, with all proceeds donated to the Disney Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

In November and December 2016, the union hosted an in-terminal toy drive for the fourth annual Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund. The campaign, supported by efforts from Airport passengers and the Airport Police Department, collected over 300 new, unwrapped toys for underserved children and teenagers in the local region and helped benefit the California Community Foundation.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed At Hollywood Burbank Airport

The Burbank Water and Power Department (BWP) installed three dual connector Siemens VersiCharge Level 2 Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging stations in the Hollywood Burbank Airport’s Valet parking garage late last month. These charging stations are part of a Right of Entry Agreement that the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and the City of Burbank entered into in 2015. In addition to these charging stations, that agreement requires the City to install one Level 3 DC Fast Charge PEV charging station at the Airport.

The City is installing PEV charging stations at the Airport as part of its objective to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles to support sustainability goals, reduce environmental pollution and support the efficient use of natural resources. A separate, but related Right of Entry Agreement, allows the City to install and maintain a rooftop Photovoltaic System on the Authority’s Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) to provide clean energy to Burbank’s power grid and further promote these goals.

An electric vehicle charges, using one of the Siemens VersiCharge Level 2 Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging stations in the Hollywood Burbank Airport’s Valet parking garage. The charging stations were installed by the Burbank Water and Power Department (Photo Courtesy Hollywood Burbank Airport)

An electric vehicle charges, using one of the Siemens VersiCharge Level 2 Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging stations in the Hollywood Burbank Airport’s Valet parking garage. The charging stations were installed by the Burbank Water and Power Department (Photo Courtesy Hollywood Burbank Airport)

The Level 2 charging stations are compatible with all plug-in electric vehicles and offer unparalleled usability, safety, energy management and affordability. Tesla owners will need to supply a public charging station “adapter,” which comes with the vehicle at the time of purchase.

“California is still in the infancy stage of electrifying its transportation sector and we are happy to partner with the Hollywood Burbank Airport to further that growth. The City and BWP will continue to promote clean technology,” said Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes.

The Level 2 PEV charging stations will provide a valuable service to the Airport’s Valet customers with electric vehicles, charging a vehicle in two to six hours. Customers do not pay a charge for the electricity; however, a nominal handling fee of $5 is added for this service.

“The Authority is pleased to have these electric vehicle charging stations added to the list of conveniences for our customers, providing them the ability to charge their vehicles while using valet parking at the Airport,” said Airport Authority President Bill Wiggins. “Any time the Airport can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and partner with the City of Burbank to do so, we’re happy to participate.”

An installation of a Level 3 DC Fast Charge PEV Station in the Short Term Parking area is currently scheduled for 2017. That charging station will have the ability to energize an electric vehicle in as little as 20 minutes. It will be located next to a dedicated Americans with Disabilities Act accessible parking space with appropriate signage.

Bob Hope Airport is Now Hollywood Burbank Airport

On Monday, May 2, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority selected “Hollywood Burbank Airport” as the new marketing brand identity for Bob Hope Airport. The Hollywood Burbank brand was chosen for its strong geographic recognition among travelers and will be used to market the Airport to passengers, particularly those who live east of the Rocky Mountains. The Airport’s legal name will remain Bob Hope Airport.

“We believe the Hollywood Burbank branding identity will let passengers know that they have more than one airport choice when they fly into the Los Angeles Basin,” said Airport Authority President Frank Quintero. “The City of Burbank is known as the Media Capital of the World and we want to promote its proximity to popular centers of entertainment.”

In January 2015, the Authority signed a contract with Anyone Collective LLC, a brand management and creative services agency in South Pasadena, to conduct research and develop a brand identity that would more strongly identify the Airport’s geographic location. In addition to conducting research on search engine optimization (SEO) returns for potential brand identities, Anyone Collective also interviewed and surveyed Authority Commissioners; Airport staff; members of the Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena communities; and frequent travelers based east of the Rocky Mountains before bringing its suggestions to the Authority.

The selection of the new brand identity is the first step in the two-phase Airport rebranding process. The remainder of the first phase will be dedicated to the creation of branding materials, including an Airport logo and identity. The second phase will focus on the strategic implementation and execution of the new Hollywood Burbank Airport brand identity.