On January 14 San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) celebrated a milestone in the construction of its new Air Traffic Control Tower. In a “topping out” ceremony, officials from the Airport, FAA, and construction companies celebrated the highest point of the structure being put in place. A final beam, signed by construction project participants, was hoisted to the top of the new tower, which now reaches its maximum height of 221 feet (67.3m).
“This is a proud moment for SFO, as our partnership with the FAA reaches new heights – literally,” said Airport Director John L Martin. “I am grateful to my staff, as well as the architects, engineers, and contractors and our partners in the FAA who have delivered this project milestone. When completed, the new Air Traffic Control Tower will safely serve our airport for years to come, and be an instantly recognizable landmark at SFO.”
The new tower will replace the existing control tower located atop Terminal 2. Featuring a 270-degree unobstructed view for air traffic controllers, the new facility stands 30ft (9.1m) higher than the current structure. The construction project, which is estimated to have created over 600 jobs, will also include the construction of a connecting passenger walkway between Terminals 1 and 2. The new Air Traffic Control Tower is expected to open in early 2016.