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Air Traffic Control Tower

Meet Our New Air Traffic Control Tower

SFO and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are building a first-of-its-kind Airport Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facility building that will provide the airport with the latest in technology and design. Construction of the new $80M control tower and base building began in summer 2012, will be ready for FAA equipment installation in July 2015 and is expected to be fully operable in July 2016.

The 221 foot control tower will satisfy specific technical and site requirements, follow stringent safety, security, and design standards, and obtain LEED® Gold status. The seismic design for the tower allows for the structure to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake.

The cab at the top of the tower will feature a cantilevered roof and frameless glass windows to give controllers an unobstructed view of the airfield below. The tower façade will consist of curved metal panels and a vertical glass band facing the public that will glow at night.

The base of the new tower will include a non-secure corridor and a secure connector between Terminals 1 and 2, a new FAA office space, and improvements to the Terminal 1 Boarding Area C entrance. The non-secure corridor will offer a unique glass skylight, which will provide visitors views directly up the full height of the tower. The secure connector bridge will feature unobstructed views of the runways, a rest area with seating, and an adjoining Yoga room. Public spaces will include commissioned artwork by the SF Arts Commission and rotating exhibits by the Airport Museum.

Airport Traffic Control Tower & Integrated Facility Team:

  • Design-Builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
  • Architect of Record: Fentress Architects
  • Structural Engineer of Record: Walter P Moore
  • Construction Manager: T2 Partners
  • Conceptual and Schematic Architectural Design: HNTB Corporation
  • 45% Structural Design and Peer Review: Rutherford + Chekene