Dallas Love Field will get a new, million-dollar look.
Primary tenant Southwest Airlines is financing a $519 million construction project in which the three-concourse facility will be demolished and replaced with a singular, T-shaped concourse by 2013.
"Love Field is showing its age," Southwest vice president of properties Bob Montgomery says of concourses built in the 1950s. "The terminal facilities there are older than I am. They needed to be substantially upgraded. The cost to paint and patch wasn't significantly different than new construction."
The new building will feature more open gate areas, upscale retail and more food and beverage offerings, he says. Concessions will almost triple in size.
The forthcoming facility will also incorporate environmentally friendly components as Montgomery says the airport will pursue certification from the US Green Building Council's standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Demolition of the north concourse will begin in the summer. Tear-down dates have not been set for the east and west concourses, says Dan Weber, director of aviation for the city of Dallas. Construction of the new concourse is unlikely until 2010, he adds.
Use of the new concourses is expected to begin in 2011 and all operations will be consolidated in the new facility in 2013, he says.
I hope they move the world map mosaic to the new building, even if it is outdated.
Montgomery says they are assessing what historical aspects of the existing facility will be kept in the replacement. There is a great deal of interest in the Texas Ranger statue in the lobby, he says.
(Initial schematics for the new Love Field are courtesy of Southwest Airlines)