Houston Airport System, in partnership with Southwest Airlines, sought to bring international air travel back to William P. Hobby Airport and accommodate the growth of the airline into the international market.

To help execute this grand expansion, HarrisonKornberg Architects collaborated with Corgan Associates Inc. on the design of the new West Concourse and Federal Inspection Station (FIS) at Houston Hobby Airport.

The new West Concourse includes a state-of-the art five gate international terminal with one additional swing gate for General Aviation, as well as a redesigned Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check point. The FIS houses Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), which processes international passengers arriving to the U.S.

In addition to collaborating on this project, HarrisonKornberg led the design, coordination, and delivery of the first two enabling packages. These included the relocation and design of the Airport Operations Center, Emergency Operations Center, Law Enforcement Operations, Badging Offices, TSA, and the Houston Police Department (HPD) offices.

In the first year after the new concourse’s opening, Hobby served nearly 800,000 international passengers.

Because of that effective teamwork, Hobby Airport was completely transformed to become a four-star air transportation center, and now stands as a testimony to all that can come from a successful public-private partnership

Mario Diaz
Aviation Director for Houston Airport System.

This great team effort was honored as the Houston Business Journal’s 2016 Landmark Award Winner, and Engineering News-Record named the Hobby Expansion its 2016 Project of the Year. The airport was also recognized by Skytrax as one of only three in the country to receive a 4-star rating. “Hobby Airport truly is a jewel and for decades has played a vital role in the continued growth and success story here in Houston. Its future remains bright, thanks in part to the opening of the beautiful new international concourse facility last year, and now with this recognition of the airport’s level of commitment to excellence and service we are confident that Hobby Airport and the Houston Airport System will continue to soar into the future.” – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

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