Hochtief firm Flatiron wins $125m runway replacement contract at Dallas Love Field

Flatiron, a subsidiary of Germany’s Hochtief, has won a $125m contract with the City of Dallas to reconstruct Love Field’s Runway 13R-31L, the longer of the airport’s runways.

With the airport’s main commercial, 2.68-km (8,800-foot) runway being overhauled, Hochtief said a joint effort would be made to "achieve cost efficiencies and aggressive project schedules".

Flatiron anticipates starting the bid-build project this spring and completing in the summer of 2022.

The runway got a concrete overlay in 1990, which has outlived its effective design life.

Despite the tight schedule, portions of that concrete will be converted into Recycled Concrete Aggregate Base Course (P-219) and reused on the project.

The project will also enhance airfield safety and efficiencies. Planned improvements include:

  • Removing existing Runway 13R-31L and replacing pavement in 37.5-foot wide passes, 17 inches thick;
  • Rebuilding portions of nearby Taxiway C;
  • Constructing a new Taxiway T that will allow Southwest Airlines easier access to airfields, hangars and terminals;
  • Installing a new Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) system; and
  • Upgrading drainage and electrical infrastructure.

This project adds to 2020 contract wins in Texas at Lake Ralph Hall Reservoir, valued at $70m, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport, valued at $77m.

Flatiron has aviation construction experience at Dallas/Fort Worth International and at airports in Houston, Colorado Springs, Denver, San Diego and San Francisco.

Image: Dallas Love Field from the air, May 2013 (Danazar/CC BY-SA 3.0)

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