The Fort Worth-based airline will break ground on the new integrated operations center on Tuesday morning. It expects the new 149,000 square-foot facility, which will house over 1,400 employees, to open by the third quarter of 2015.
Baker worked for American for over 35 years rising from a night shift supervisor in the freight department to vice chairman of the company. He was credited as solving American's problems with maintenance and operational failures in the mid-1980s and worked on the merger with TWA.
He retired in 2002 and a year later died after a battle with lung cancer. Baker was 58.
"It is most fitting that this new, state-of-the-art facility will bear the name of one of the most respected leaders in American’s history. Bob Baker was widely regarded for his commitment to safety, reliability and operational integrity," said American chief executive Doug Parker in a statement.
The new facility will be located near American's flight academy and C.R. Smith museum, south of Highway 183 and west of Highway 360.