The Love Field Modernization Program is the largest and most ambitious construction effort at Dallas Love Field airport since its establishment. The $519 million project involved a complete terminal renovation and expansion, new concourses, larger baggage claim area to accommodate future demand levels and a new ticketing wing. The entrance to the airport was also re-designed and expanded to allow for a more modern appearance.

Chamberlin was selected by General Contractor Hensel Phelps as the roofing contractor for this project. Chamberlin re-roofed the existing main terminal and installed a new roofing system on the expansion of the main terminal, new baggage claim, new ticketing wing and new concourses. In total, 450,000 square feet of a torch-applied Soprema two-ply modified bitumen roofing was installed in addition to 45,000-square-foot GAF PVC roofing, a 40,000-square-foot roof system on a roadway canopy and 12,000 lineal feet of Hickman aluminum coping. A 10-man crew worked for four years to complete this tremendous project on time and with no safety incidents.

Challenges surrounded this project including scheduling, roof access and pedestrian safety concerns at this bustling airport, which remained open for business during construction. One unique issue was encountered with an improperly installed roof deck. Details of how Chamberlin used insulation to solve the problem are found in this Roofing Contractor Magazine article. You can also read more about the project in this Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing article.