Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors has completed a 5,500-square-foot pedestrian bridge for Southwest Airlines. The bridge connects Southwest’s Headquarters building to its Training Operational Support building, located in Dallas, Texas, and includes an elevator, stairs and an ADA door in its circulation tower. The bridge allows employees to safely travel between the two buildings and from other parking lots while maintaining a secure campus.
The total length of the bridge is approximately 750 feet. Crews assembled paint booths onsite to provide a controlled environment for the high-performance paint of the steel prior to erection. Due to the logistical challenges of working with limited laydown areas, coordination of crane placement and sequence of bridge sections were key to erect the longest spans, which were approximately 120 feet long and suspended 30 feet in the air.
The 112-foot section over Denton Drive was painted in an adjacent parking lot and then lifted by crane to set on a truck bed for final erection. This process required a shutdown of two city streets, two DART rail tracks and one railroad track over the course of three separate weekends.
The architect for the project was BOKA Powell, LLC, and engineering included RWB MEP, L.A. Fuess Structural and Pacheco Koch Civil.