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LINXS Team Gives Back
July 02, 2018
The Balfour Beatty joint venture responsible for the LAX Automated People Mover project supports local students and growing businesses
As part of its commitment to reinvest in the southern California community throughout the delivery of the $2 billion Automated People Mover (APM) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) joint venture is focusing on future generations.
Recently, the team, which includes Balfour Beatty, Fluor, Flatiron, Dragados, HDR and HNTB, donated 500 emergency preparedness kits to equip every classroom across the local Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD). The kits – which include first aid supplies, flashlights and other items to protect students and teachers in emergency situations – are a key component of IUSD’s emergency plan to ensure the continuous safety of its students and staff across its 27 campuses. The team’s donation brought additional attention to National Construction Safety Week and the importance of safety planning across multiple industries.
“These emergency kits empower classroom teachers with equipment that supports ongoing emergency safety training and life-saving choices in the event of a crisis, says Sophia Cavalli, senior inclusion and diversity director for Balfour Beatty.
The LINXS team’s support of the Inglewood Unified School District’s improvement plan and campus safety preparedness is just one component of its commitment to long-term investment in the southern California community. As part of its proposal for the APM, LINXS committed to exceeding LAWA’s inclusivity participation goal. The team is dedicating 30% of the contract – more than $580 million – to local, small and disabled-veteran owned businesses and $85 million to local small businesses. Through these subcontractor and subconsultant contracts and customized mentoring programs and training sessions, LINXS provides growing businesses a chance to improve their operations, gain experience and set the foundation for long-term growth. Additionally, to support the local workforce and future generations of teammates, LINXS offers weekly training sessions, scholarship funding and charitable donations to organizations making an impact in the local business community and workforce development.
In fact, LINXS has already contributed the first of its planned scholarship donations by giving $120,000 to the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) Education Fund and Foundation Scholarship program. LINXS presented the donation at the GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation’s 19th Annual Scholarship Reception in June.
Since 1999, the GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships to students from Los Angeles area high schools with high academic achievement and significant community service contributions. The scholarship fund is one component of the GLAAAACC’s mission to empower minority students and businesses and provide them with the tools they need to succeed. “It all starts with a good education,” explained GLAAACC Chairman Gene Hale.
“Each dollar is an investment in the future of our community,” said GLAAACC Ed Fund Chairman David Ford of the LINXS team donation. “The return on that investment will be a diverse population of future business leaders fully equipped to meet any challenge.”
“We are passionate about opening doors and investing in the local community” continued Cavalli. “The Automated People Mover affords us a once-in-a-generation opportunity for lasting economic and community benefits. This includes supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders – youth engagement is a priority for us.”
About the LAWA LAX Automated People Mover (APM) Project
The $2 billion APM project is a major component of the $5 billion LAX Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) that will connect the existing Central Terminal Area with a future Consolidated Rental Car Center, intermodal centers and the LA Metro Light Rail Transit system. Balfour Beatty is part of the LINXS joint venture responsible for the complete design and construction of a 2.25-mile elevated APM system, six stations, vehicle maintenance facility and associated work, including demolition, utilities and parking garage replacement. When complete in 2023, the APM will improve the traveler experience with increased mobility through the terminals as well as efficient commuting options to and from LAX.