Federal Aviation Administration selects innovative design for greener airport control towers across U.S.

The Construction Specifier
May 23, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a visually striking, sustainable design for new air traffic control towers, to replace the existing outdated towers at more than 100 municipal and regional airports across the U.S. The design by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) of New York meets key sustainability requirements and can adjust to the tower height to meet each airport’s traffic and sightline requirements, while reducing construction and operational costs. According to the firm, it has developed a new generation of air traffic control towers with an adaptable and sustainable design. Inspired by the Chinese American architect, I.M. Pei’s iconic mid-century towers… The new air traffic control towers are designed to accommodate different structural systems, ranging from 19.2 to 36.3 m (63 to 119 ft), and utilize a combination of precast concrete and sustainable cross-laminated timber (CLT) for floors and walls. 

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