In conjunction with Cathay Pacific and British Airways, Qantas Airways Ltd. has completed an upscale lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport.

The lounge will service first-class and business-class travelers. It opened last month and cost about $10 million to build.

The 14,000-square-foot space replaces two separate, interim lounges for first-and business-class travelers.

It has been built in anticipation of the arrival of the new jumbo Airbus A380, which Qantas will begin using next year. The Gensler-designed lounge is replete with modern furniture, a high-end buffet and restrooms that include private showers for passengers.

"It's about six or seven times more expensive than a very high-end office of that size," said William Robertson of real estate adviser and brokerage Studley Inc., who managed the project for Qantas, which is based in Mascot, Australia. "If you are taking a flight from New York to Sydney with a premier ticket and you are laying over in L.A., this where you'd go to have a really nice meal, have a couple of cocktails and go shower."

Angela Emmerton, manager of the Qantas club lounge development, said the new LAX site could become a model for the airline's future lounges.

"It was considered an extremely important port for Qantas and it was a huge consideration to have a premium lounge product to complement the A380."

The project took 28 weeks to complete, said Robertson, director of project management for Studley's downtown and West L.A. region.

"It was more of an involved process of coordinating the design and implementation at the beginning of the process to enable the subcontractors to get in and out of the secured area easily during construction," he said.

Robertson said that upper-class passengers have already begun to respond positively to the new lounge. The showers have been a hit: "People really like that."

Mall Breakup

The owners of the South Bay Pavilion, a 1 million-square-foot regional mall in Carson, have embarked on a break-up strategy at the property.

Burbank-based Shamrock Capital Advisors, the investment vehicle of Roy E. Disney, and Irvine-based development company Hopkins Real Estate Group own the mall in partnership via the HREG Genesis Carson LLC entity.

As part of the strategy, HREG Genesis Carson has sold the mall's 24 Hour Fitness building at 945 Dominguez Ave. for $11.25 million to 24 Fit LLC, the entity of an unnamed, private real estate investor. The buyer purchased the property on a 1031 tax-deferred exchange basis.

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