Southwest Airlines Headquarters

Renovation and restack

Preserving and enhancing the SWA culture

  • maximized space
  • increased mobility
  • organized work, meeting and social space


Corgan provided full architectural and interior design services for Southwest Airlines’ (SWA) headquarters restack and renovation. The project drivers were to increase density in the building and to consolidate standards in order to reduce ‘churn’ costs. These goals needed to be accomplished while maintaining the vibrant, employee-focused culture of SWA. Corgan established and led an employee focus group as well as the Executive Steering Committee in a visioning process to define the guiding principles for the SWA workspace and ultimately, the vision for the project. Corgan also led SWA through a furniture RFP, analysis and mock-up. Over 1,200 employees were involved in the review of the mock-ups! Given the extensive changes set to take place, Corgan implemented a change management program in conjunction with SWA’s culture and communications teams.