Fort Worth

Key Players 

Owner American Airlines

Lead Design Firm Corgan

General Contractor Holder Construction Co.

Structural Engineer L.A. Fuess Partners Inc.

Civil Engineer Pacheco Koch

MEP Engineer Telios

The Robert W. Baker Integrated Operations Center is American Airlines’ combined American/US Airways operations hub. The 149,288-sq-ft building has two main floors but stands as tall as a four-story building. The building envelope can withstand an EF-3 tornado, or winds speeds up to 185 mph. Walker Engineering Inc. performed all electrical installations, including the electrical distribution system, emergency back-up power system, lighting and lighting controls. About 90% of the building area had raised floor space, which created unique coordination challenges among the trades. Rough-in and installation had to be managed between the under-floor, floor-level and overhead installations. In order to reduce trade stacking, off-hour schedules were implemented and BIM was used to detect clashes and mitigate scheduling problems with critical systems.