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Corgan Selected as Architect of Record for Love Field Modernization Program

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Corgan Associates, Inc., one of the largest U.S.-based architectural firms focused on planning and design, has been selected as the architect of record for the Love Field Modernization Program (LFMP) that will include a new centralized concourse with 20 gates, a remodeled lobby, expanded baggage claim area and new ticketing wing.

Corgan was tasked with increasing efficiency for both travelers and airport operations all while maintaining the convenience that Love Field brings to travelers.  In the new design, the terminal will decrease in size approximately 25 percent by replacing a large amount of unused and outdated space with modern and efficient facilities.  The three original concourses will be demolished and consolidated into one convenient, centrally located concourse for all airlines.  In addition to the new concourse, Corgan will redesign the check-in and baggage claim areas.  The main lobby space will be renovated but will retain the overall structure and volume of the original design.  This portion of the facility is the symbolic heart of the terminal complex and a vital part of the passenger processing operation.  In addition, the LFMP will more than double the amount of available airport concessions – yet another tremendous benefit for Love Field Customers.

The LFMP was implemented to renovate and expand Love Field and create a cohesive, modern facility that will serve the needs of Dallas citizens and travelers for many years to come. Southwest Airlines and the City of Dallas worked together to establish the guidelines for the development of the future facility.  Corgan will be responsible for taking these guidelines and turning this 50-year-old terminal into an efficient, modern facility.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with the City of Dallas and Southwest Airlines and make their vision a reality by designing a new and revitalized Love Field,” said Corgan Managing Principal, David Lind. “We are architects and planners with deep aviation expertise, working as business partners with airports and airlines to deliver cost-efficient, operations-based solutions.”  

Lind continued, “Our team has a sense of ownership of this project because Corgan’s family has been connected with Love Field for more than 50 years, beginning with our work on the original design of the terminal back in 1956.  It is an amazing experience to be able to see a project like this come full circle.”

The firm’s long-standing dedication and work on the design of Love Field dates back to 1956 when Jack Corgan and other architects from the firm designed what was then the primary airport for Dallas.  Corgan continued to provide design guidance for the airport through numerous remodels as the airport grew in the 60s and 70s during the emergence of jet aircraft, and even helped to layout recreational facilities in the building in 1974 when Love Field suffered a decline due to the opening of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Bob Montgomery, Vice President of Properties at Southwest Airlines comments, "Corgan was inspired in the original design work for Love Field, which was far ahead of its time.  Now they are bringing all they have learned since then to bear on a completely new passenger experience. They are not only great designers, but great friends as well."

The City of Dallas and Southwest Airlines intend to pursue LEED® certification for the redesigned terminal.  If the airport receives this certification it will be one of only a handful of airports which have achieved this goal.  Corgan is identifying different design options in order to make the airport a greener facility including the possibility of utilizing the natural water springs that flow underneath the airport, to provide a cost-efficient water solution for certain operations in the newly designed building. Other green features will include environmentally friendly interior materials and building systems.

The LFMP will also include an Art in Public Places program in compliance with the City of Dallas’ goals established for public facilities.  The art program will be used to highlight features of the architecture and to enhance the traveling public’s experience in the facility.

Corgan has worked on many of the nation’s largest airports including Miami International Airport and JFK in New York and most recently held a pivotal role as Dallas/Fort Worth's Architect of Record/Design Architect for the new, two-million-square-foot International Terminal D at DFW International Airport.  Other ongoing Corgan aviation projects include the new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport, Terminals B and C at San Antonio International and the new MHJIT International Terminal at Atlanta Hartsfield.

The LFMP demolition will begin in fall of 2009 in order to clear space for new construction, and the first phase of construction is slated for completion in 2012 with the entire project scheduled to wrap up in the fall of 2014.  

About Corgan Associates, Inc.

From its founding in 1938, Corgan has grown into one of the largest U.S.-based architectural firms focused exclusively on design. Named the firm of the year in 2007 by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and also recognized as one of the Best Places to Work 2008 by the Dallas Business Journal, Corgan employs over 300 professionals in its offices in Dallas, New York, Phoenix, Miami, Sacramento, London and Beijing. As its design opportunities have expanded from local to international, Corgan has developed special expertise in corporate, aviation, medical, education and mission critical facility design as well as visualization services including animation effects.  For more information visit Corgan on-line at

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