Dallas Fort Worth International Airport recently selected joint venture Innovation Next+ as the design-build contractor for its $855-million Terminal F and Skylink Station project.

The Irving, Texas-based JV includes Archer Western Construction LLC, Turner Construction Co., Phillips/May Corp., H.J. Russell & Co. and CARCON Industries—plus design team members PGAL, Gensler and Muller2. The airport board voted on Feb. 1 to authorize a contract with the JV.

The plan is to build a 400,000-sq-ft double-loaded concourse building with 15 narrow-body aircraft gates, plus a station on the airport’s Skylink people mover system. The team will use a modular construction approach to allow for future modules to be added without having to move Skylink infrastructure, board records show. Airport officials have previously said they planned to add as many as 24 gates with the new terminal.

The airport has previously found success using modular methods. A team that included Archer Western, H.J. Russell, Phillips/May and PGAL completed an upgrade of Terminal C in 2022 using six modules, each weighing between 450 and 550 tons. 

This would be the airport's sixth terminal. Work is expected to start in June, with the terminal  scheduled to open in 2027.

Four teams submitted qualifications for the project, DFW board records show. Others were Mod DB 3.0 of Dallas, Terminal F Aviation Builders of Dallas and B&H Office Solutions of Haslet, Texas—although officials said the latter's submission did not meet solicitation specifications.

The airport board set 25% minority- and women-owned business enterprise participation goals for design and construction; records show Innovation Next+ committed to 29.75% M/WBE participation for design and 30% for construction.

The airport plans to solicit separate contracts for related infrastructure projects supporting the terminal. 

Last May, the faclity announced it signed a 10-year use and lease agreement with American Airlines that includes $4.8 billion in planned capital investments, including construction of Terminal F. At the time, American Airlines CEO Robert Isom said in a statement that the capital plan “sets the stage for American, DFW and the North Texas region to continue to grow.” 

The capital plan also includes plans for improvements to Terminal C and expansions off Terminals A and C.