Ground broken for air traffic control tower at US airport

WCN Editorial Team 6 Jun 2016 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has started construction on a new air traffic control tower and radar approach control at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina.


The new 370ft-tall air traffic control tower will be equipped with NextGen technology and  will provide air traffic controllers with a bird’s-eye view of the airfield, and will accommodate current operations and future growth.

The 80sq m tower cab has enough space to accommodate additional future air traffic control positions. The 3,900sq m base building will accommodate an expanded terminal radar approach control (TRACON), with space for future growth.

It will also include training rooms, administrative offices, and a power distribution supply system along with the latest aviation security and air traffic simulation capabilities.

In January 2016, the FAA awarded a $60M contract to Archer Western Construction to build the new facility. The total project cost, including equipment, installation, training costs, and demolition of the old tower, is estimated at $112M.

Construction on the tower and TRACON base building is expected to be complete in 2018, and the facility is scheduled to be operational in 2020.

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