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Federal Aviation Administration

NEWARK-LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER

 

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LOCATION:
Newark, New Jersey

COMPLETED:
April 2002

TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE:
335-foot tower

PROJECT SERVICES:
General Contractor

AWARDS:
The FAA tower was the recipient of the Grand Award of the American Concrete Institute, New Jersey Chapter.

Torcon completed construction of the FAA’s air traffic control tower at Newark-Liberty International airport in New Jersey. The new tower is centrally located among the airports three passenger terminals, next to the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel (which Torcon also constructed.) The new tower replaces a 30-year-old air traffic control tower located north of Terminal C and has a limited view of Terminal A.

The new tower is twice as tall as the previous tower, built in 1960 when Newark-Liberty was only handling 163,000 flights per year. Newark is now one of the New York area’s busiest facilities, with almost 500,000 flights this past year. At 325-feet, the new tower stands taller than the Statue of Liberty and commands a complete view of all Newark-Liberty’s sprawling terminals.

The tower has a one-level computer support space below the controller’s center and an administration building at its base with office and meeting spaces.

Torcon’s construction schedule achieved a one level per week pace using a structural system of several diverse elements. The tower has 400 cast concrete panels fitted together like massive Legos. They are joined together with poured in place concrete panels with #14 rebar inside to form the 20-inch thick load-bearing structural ring that enables the tower to support itself.  Due to the airport’s marsh-like conditions, the tower required 160 50-foot long piles with a 50-ftx50-ftx7-ft thick concrete pile cap for support.

The FAA tower was recipient of the Grand Award from the America Concrete Institute, New Jersey Chapter.