Southwest to get new provisioning center at Austin airport as traffic soars

Swinerton, which dates back to the 1800s, already has an expansive aviation portfolio and hopes this project could lead to more work at Austin-Bergstrom, Satt said. Learn more about Swinerton’s Southwest Journey.

Expanding the provisioning center is a move to help Southwest keep up with increased operations out of the airport.

“As we continue growing in Austin, there became a need to expand our provisioning facilities to match the needs of our operations,” said Dan Landson, public relations advisor at Southwest Airlines, in an email. “This will allow us to ensure we have the snacks, beverages, and other items needed for our flights, stored onsite and in an easy-to-access location for our provisioning agents.”

Southwest handled 3.8 million passengers through ABIA through June, according to city of Austin data. This time last year, Southwest had only handled 1.6 million passengers.

Southwest is the dominant carrier at ABIA: its 3.6 million passengers through the first six months of the year beat out No. 2 American Airlines by roughly a million passengers.

Recent aviation projects by Swinerton have included a $110 million terminal improvement project at Long Beach Airport and a 128,000-square-foot hangar plus outbuildings for Southwest at Denver International Airport.

Swinerton has also handled projects in multifamily, office, hospitality, industrial and other sectors, according to its online portfolio.

In addition to doing buildouts and renovations, Swinerton is interested in getting involved in ground-up construction in Austin, Satt said.

“We haven’t done (ground-up building) in the last 10 years in Austin,” Satt said. “But at Swinerton, we do ground-up all over. That’s my background. I focused on building towers in downtown San Francisco, and so we’re working on getting into that here.”

Swinerton was also named Texas & Louisiana 2021 Contractor of the Year by Engineering News-Record.