January 03, 2018

Pedestrian bridge opens connecting Southwest Airlines headquarters

Dallas Business Journal: Pedestrian bridge opens connecting Southwest Airlines headquarters

The new pedestrian bridge connecting Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) headquarters building to an adjacent training operation support building near Dallas Love Field has been completed and is open to the airline’s employees.

The 5,500-square-foot pedestrian bridge, which opened in December, includes an elevator, stairs and an ADA door in a circulation tower meant to help employees travel between the two buildings that sit across Denton Drive from each other.

The bridge was erected into place onsite after they were roughly 80-percent complete, and general contractor, Richardson-based Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, had to coordinate with the City of Dallas, DART and the DGNO Railroad to build the pedestrian bridge over Denton Drive, two DART rail lines and the railroad tracks.

To erect the 750-foot bridge spanning Denton Drive, the Hill & Wilkinson-led team had to shut down the roadway and railways over the course of three weekends.

Dallas-based BOKA Powell LLC was the project architect. RWB MEP, L.A. Fuess Structural and Pacheco Koch Civil was the engineer for the project.

Hill & Wilkinson CEO Paul Driscoll said his team overcame a number of issues to build the pedestrian bridge with its longstanding client, Southwest Airlines.

The pedestrian bridge has been on the airline’s books for years after Southwest Airlines saw a rapid increase in business following the repel of the Wright Amendment from Dallas Love Field. At the time planning began for the new bridge, Southwest Airlines’ customer traffic was up 50 percent following the amendment’s removal.

Dallas Love Field has attracted real estate investors and developers looking to recreate the neighborhood surrounding the airport that sits in Dallas city limits.