Airport Celebrates Completion and Opening of Newly Renovated Schwab Hall

TULSA, OK – October 29, 2020 – Today airport and community officials celebrated the completion of Tulsa International Airport’s newly renovated Schwab Hall.  Construction on Schwab Hall, the area adjacent to the security checkpoint and rental car counters, began in December 2019 and took eleven months to complete. The project relocated walls, art installations, and utility infrastructure in order to provide an open line of sight from the curbside entrance of Schwab Hall all the way out to the airfield.

“This is an exciting day for our passengers and employees,” said Alexis Higgins, CEO of Tulsa International Airport. “You can’t help but admire the dramatic change that has occurred to our front door.  Our entryway now reflects the vibrancy and ingenuity of our City while making our airport more efficient and user friendly,” Higgins added.

“I want to commend the Tulsa International Airport for their continued work to enhance the airport experience for travelers all while creating a safe environment,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I also want to thank Tulsa Airport CEO Alexis Higgins for her tremendous leadership to see this project through.”

Highlights of the $7.5 million project include:

  • A 170 foot linear skylight that extends from the entrance of Schwab Hall to the security checkpoint and replicates the design in the concourses, providing natural light and a modern look
  • A vestibule entrance designed to decrease the loss of conditioned air while providing a grand entrance to Schwab Hall
  • A 15 foot diameter compass rose providing navigational insight to travelers as they begin their journey
  • Modern restrooms near the security checkpoint offering automated dispensers and LED lighting
  • A new fire suppression system
  • An upgraded heating and ventilation system that increases operational efficiency for the airport’s 500,000 square foot facility
  • New LED lighting providing brighter areas and more efficiency during operating hours
  • A new roof over Schwab Hall

Schwab Hall is named after PFC Albert E. Schwab, a United States Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Okinawa.

The project was designed by TODD Architecture Group and construction completed by Manhattan Construction Co.

Photos of Schwab Hall are available at