American Airlines Campus

  • Location
    Fort Worth, TX
  • Completion Date
    2020
  • Size
    81 acres
  • Team
    Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
    Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates
    Civil Engineer: Dunaway Associates
    Structural Engineer: Brockette/Davis/Drake, Inc.
    MEP Engineer: Blum Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Lighting Designer: Quentin Thomas Associates
    Signage/Wayfinding: DG Studios
  • Photography
    Craig Blackmon

About

The 21st century workplace is transforming to allow a diversity of work styles and enhanced productivity. This new 258-acre campus fosters connection and collaboration by inserting new office buildings, a hospitality complex, and parking structures within a framework of amenity, work and collaboration spaces. The native Texas landscape was an ideal backdrop to mediate between buildings and nature. 81-acres of amenity space, including work-enabled courtyards, active recreation areas, woodland trail systems and regional multi-use connection paths, encourage employees to walk between buildings, spend time in the fresh air and collaborate with coworkers across departments. Mobility is also a key part of collaboration. A network of bicycles is scattered throughout the campus, with a future planned shuttle system. These exterior amenities return the central open space to people, as well as removes all vehicular traffic.

The responsive landscape combines zones of curated gardens with expanses of native and restored Blackland prairie. The extremes of Texas weather required creative water management strategies such as permeable pavement and a connected roof drainage system. A series of dry creeks show as natural planted vignettes in temperate weather and double as a natural filtration system that collects and controls runoff in high-impact weather conditions.

The campus is LEED Gold certified.

The plant palette features low water agave and grasses in entrance areas, ferns to collect rainwater close to outdoor plazas in shade, and expansive areas of Texas prairie grasses close to denser forested areas.