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Plans underway to construct new air traffic control tower

August 30, 2010, 03:14 am

For pilot safety and passengers alike, it's important for airports to keep their equipment up-to-date. Recently, New York's LaGuardia Airport announced it will be updating their air traffic control tower.

The current air traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport was constructed in 1962. Plans to reconstruct the tower include replacing the existing air traffic control tower, cab and base building.

The remodel will bring the cabin 70 feet higher than where it currently stands. Raising the cabin will increase safety by allowing air traffic controllers to more easily view runways and taxi areas.

Design principal of architectural firm Jacobs (who is designing the tower) Stephen Wakeman says the materials that will be used to create the new traffic tower were selected for specific reasons.

"We specified metal for the tower because it is lightweight, durable, and versatile and virtually maintenance-free," said Wakeman. "Aesthetically, the Reynobond ACM claddingties the tower to the other metal-clad buildings within the airport complex."

A large number of pilots will benefit from the new air traffic tower. LaGuardia Airport is an extremely busy facility, boasting 72 aircraft gates and encompassing 680 acres of land.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19932858-ADNFCR

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