William P. Hobby International Airport Expansion

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The teamwork atmosphere from the top down created a cooperative environment which allowed us to minimize impacts ... because everyone involved was actively seeking solutions. The solutions were presented with the best interest of the City always being the highest priority.
Frank Crouch, AIA, Assistant Director - Construction, Houston Airport System
Houston, Texas
Houston Airport System
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.
Additional collaborations with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.:
300,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 

Clark led the William P. Hobby International Airport Expansion, renovating and expanding the 80-year old airport to incorporate modern amenities and accommodate increased airport traffic. The project team's collaborative efforts and careful attention to scheduling ensured that the project was completed ahead of schedule.

During preconstruction, Clark worked with the Houston Airport System and the architect to reprogram the project into two phases. Through creative phasing and sequencing, Clark was able to shorten the overall project by two years. The early emphasis on scheduling also aided the completion of Phase One four months ahead of schedule.

Phase One featured a five-gate expansion, which included the construction of two main levels containing airport operation offices, an employee rest area, and concessions. In total, the new space added 12,000 square feet for airline tenants to the Central Concourse. Phase Two included demolition and renovation of the airport’s main terminal building, construction of the inline baggage building, and repair of the existing roof system on the ticketing building and concourse. This work occurred while the airport remained operational, adjacent to both passengers and secure areas.

Both phases of construction included numerous temporary relocations. Prior to and throughout the project, Clark participated in monthly meetings with the owner, airlines, and concessions and rental car operators. During these meetings, major milestones and potential impacts were reviewed and everything from telecommunications and electrical needs to location and visibility was discussed.

Clark worked with the designer, owner, and subcontractors to minimize any obstacles, risks, or delays in the construction process. Through careful preconstruction planning, regular project updates, and safety guidelines specific to working at an operating airport, Clark completed one of Texas’ most notable construction projects.


This project achieved Clark’s internal Platinum Safety Award two years running. Award criteria includes no lost time incidents or liability claims, a recordable rate below the company goal (which is well below the national average), and completion of all internal safety reviews.

Texas Construction Magazine - Best of '07 Award, Public Category - Award of Merit