Los Angeles, California – 2012-11-14 — / — The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today awarded a contract to Karabuild Development Inc. of Inglewood for a portion of the work being undertaken as part of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Residential Soundproofing Program.

The contract, for $2,378,803, covers sound-insulation modifications on 112 dwellings consisting of 43 single-family dwellings, three duplexes, five triplexes and three apartment buildings containing a total of 48 units, all located within Los Angeles City Council Districts 8 and 11.

The overall LAX Residential Soundproofing Program includes approximately 9,400 residences in the City of Los Angeles communities of South Los Angeles, Westchester and Playa del Rey that have been recorded with a Community Noise Equivalent Level of 65 decibels or higher. Contractors typically installed double-paned windows, solid-core doors, fireplace doors and dampers, attic baffles, insulation and heating-ventilation-air conditioning (HVAC) to achieve a noise-level reduction of approximately one-half in a home’s interior.

The 112 dwellings units in this project will bring the total units completed, under construction or approved by the Board to date to 7,334. Owners of the remaining 2,066 units were all notified of their eligibility for this program and did not respond by the June 1, 2010 deadline, or declined to participate.

In a related action today, the Board authorized the release of $9,225,000 in matching funds to implement a noise mitigation project in the Lennox, Athens and Del Aire areas of Los Angeles County adjacent to LAX. These funds, along with an additional $8,000,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration, will enable Los Angeles County to sound insulate 391 more dwelling units.

In February 2006, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) entered into a settlement agreement with the County of Los Angeles and several other parties on the LAX Master Plan.  In that settlement, LAWA agreed to forego requirements for aviation easements in exchange for soundproofing funds, and to only require noise easements under very limited circumstances.

The initial allocation of funds in 2006-07 was $60 million.  In addition, the settlement agreement provided an annual funding capacity on noise mitigation grants to the County of Los Angeles and the cities of Inglewood and El Segundo of $22.5 million annually between 2008 and 2012.

The last grant  awarded to the County of Los Angeles was in November 2011 in the amount of $7.5 million to soundproof 159 dwelling units.

The program is administered by Los Angeles World Airports’ Residential Soundproofing Bureau. Residents may call (424) 646-7444 for further information.


Contact: Marshall Lowe
(424) 646-5260