The new control tower will be located between
Terminals 1 and 2, south of the existing tower.
It will be 221 feet tall with a 650 square-foot
controller work area. The project will include a
three-story, 44,000 square-foot base building,
which will house administrative offices,
computer equipment, a backup generator and
secure corridors that will allow passengers to
transit between terminals without permitting
access to the tower.
The current tower, which the FAA commissioned in
1984, is 190 feet tall and has a 525 square-foot
controller work area.
"The construction of SFO's new air traffic
control tower will provide the airport with the
most technologically advanced facility in the
nation," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. "We
are investing in our city's critical
infrastructure, providing a top-notch
international airport and putting our residents
back to work."
Under a partnership with the airport, the FAA
will pay up to $69.5 million toward the
project's cost and SFO will supervise the design
and construction work. The airport will pay
additional costs associated with integrating the
tower into the terminal structure, as well as
related terminal improvements. The total project
cost is expected to be about $102 million.
"San Francisco International Airport is
extremely pleased to be partnering with the FAA
on the construction of this landmark facility,"
said Airport Director John L. Martin. "The new
air traffic control tower will not only meet or
exceed the strictest seismic standards and
contain the latest technology, but it will also
be an iconic symbol of the airport for
generations to come."