Love Field, the iconic airport located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, serves more than seven million passengers each year. Widely known as the hub of Southwest Airlines, Love Field has served as a backdrop for the rise of affordable air travel in the U.S. for over 40 years of its nearly century-long history.
Throughout the decades, Love Field has undergone a range of updates and expansions to accommodate its evolving operations. In 2009, the City of Dallas, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and Southwest Airlines collectively declared it was time for a complete overhaul and upgrade to the facility. The $519 million Love Field Modernization Project (LFMP) was launched in earnest, with a focus on green development and sustainable practices in design.
Work for the LFMP began in 2010, with plans to complete construction in phases through 2014. The full project will provide Love Field travelers with a remodeled main terminal, a new 20-gate concourse and ticketing wing, as well as an updated baggage claim area. The terminal is trimmed in size by approximately 25% yet provides more modern, efficient flow for travelers. In addition, the new design allows for more than double the amount of current airport concessions.
rendering of Love Field remodel
The main terminal facility and new concourse are slated for LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, reflecting adherence to energy and environmental standards in building design and construction.
When it came time to select materials for this project, specifiers held to LEED requirements. Crossville’s Color Blox EC porcelain tile collection was chosen for its green properties, technical performance characteristics and aesthetic appeal for the design.
Color Blox EC contains a minimum 20% recycled content and is manufactured with Crossville’s Ecocycle process. The design team opted for the Sandbox colorway—a lighter tone to aid in light reflection, therefore allowing a reduced footcandle output and overall less energy usage. Featured throughout the interior walls in the terminal, concourses and in the restrooms, the tile offers the style and durability needed for this high traffic, demanding environment—a modern touch for a new, inviting facility.
In addition to its design appeal, sustainability and durability, Crossville’s Color Blox EC provides other benefits. Specifiers opted for Crossville’s Cross-Sheen finish for the tile used throughout the facility. Porcelain tile is easily cleaned and maintained without use of harsh chemicals and does not harbor bacteria, moisture or allergens, providing for a potentially healthier environment. However, the Cross-Sheen finish takes ease of cleaning and long term maintenance to another level, as it allows for simple removal of scuffs, stains and graffiti.
Overall, Crossville provided the solutions required for a cleaner, greener and LEED Silver Certified Love Field that will be enjoyed by millions of air travelers for years to come.
Love Field Renovation team members:
- Owner: City of Dallas
- Architecture and Interior Design: Corgan Associates Inc.
- Distributor: Crossville Tile & Stone
- General Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
- Flooring Contractor: Alamo Tile & Stone, Sigma Marble Granite & Tile
- Tile Manufacturer: Crossville Inc.