The Southwest Airlines Tech Ops MX Hangar project at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston is underway, McCarthy Building Companies Inc. announced last week.
St. Louis-based McCarthy began the preconstruction phase in October and expects to begin work on building the hangar this spring. The preconstruction phase includes several projects, such as demolition of existing structures, utility relocation and building a detention pond for flood control, per the release.
The two-bay hangar maintenance facility will be a 240,000-square-foot “hybrid pre-engineered metal building,” according to the press release. It will be able to house up to six 737 aircraft in about 140,000 square feet of the facility. The remaining 100,000 square feet of the facility will house offices, parts storage and other support areas. It also will have paved aircraft parking areas, aircraft washing facilities, taxiway connections, parking and loading docks, per the release.
The project is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2019 and allow Southwest to grow its fleet, the Houston Chronicle reports.
This is McCarthy’s third project with Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), according to the press release. In May 2016, the airline hired McCarthy to begin construction of its new “Wings” training facility and corporate campus expansion, the Dallas Business Journal reported at the time. That project was expected to be complete in early 2018. Plans included a 414,000-square-foot office building with an attached 367,000-square-foot flight-training center that includes 18 flight simulator bays. It was McCarthy’s first Southwest Airlines project in Dallas, but the company was also working on a $92 million parking structure at Terminal E in Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at the time, per the DBJ.
“We are fortunate that our outstanding work on Southwest Airlines’ new office building and Leadership Education and Aircrew Development center in Dallas has led Southwest Airlines to continue their partnership with McCarthy to build the new hangar facility in Houston,” Jim Stevenson, McCarthy’s Houston division president, said in the builder’s Jan. 3 press release.