McCarthy to build Southwest Airlines’ new facility

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has been selected to construct Southwest Airlines’ new office and training facility at the company’s Dallas campus.

Called “Wings,” the new facility will feature a 414,000-square-foot office building and an attached 367,000-square-foot flight training center housing 18 flight simulator bays, associated offices and ancillary areas.

Enclosing the training portion of the structure will be a hardened material capable of withstanding 210 mph winds. Also included in project plans is a 1,900-car parking garage and surface parking expected to accommodate up to 2,500 vehicles, as well as additional site work and construction of pedestrian bridges.

“We are thrilled that Southwest Airlines chose McCarthy to build this new addition to their headquarters campus,” said Ray Sedey, McCarthy’s Texas region president, commenting in a news release.

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“Due to our experience in building cutting edge corporate headquarters and training centers for top companies, as well as many airport projects, we know how to approach this project to get it done on time and within budget,” Sedey said.

Southwest’s corporate campus is adjacent to Love Field Airport. The project architect is BOKA Powell, with offices in Fort Worth, and the landscape architect/civil engineer is Pacheco Koch. Serving as mechanical and electrical engineer is Reed Wells Benson, with L.A. Fuess Partners and Ponce-Fuess providing structural engineer services.

Construction is planned to begin in June and reach completion in early 2018.

Meanwhile, McCarthy continues to work on the $92 million Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminal E enhanced parking structure.