Artist’s rendering of new air traffic control tower.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Mayor Ed Lee this week celebrated the groundbreaking of a new air traffic control tower at San Francisco International Airport.
With space at a premium at SFO, the new 221-foot-tall tower will be built between two terminals, featuring an innovative torch-like design. The structure’s base will include coffee shops, art displays and other public services.
“It’s a beautiful, beautiful design, and I think we’ll all be proud of it,” San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said Monday at the ground-breaking ceremony.
The federal government authorized the new tower because the existing one, dating back to 1984, no longer meets California earthquake safety standards. Slated for completion in 2015, the project is expected to cost $102 million.
The Federal Aviation Administration will pay almost $70 million and the airport the rest.
The new tower will be equipped with the latest communications and navigation technology and have an unobstructed view of the runways.