Air Traffic Control Tower - Stewart International Airport

Air Traffic Control Tower - Stewart International Airport

Location: Newburgh, N.Y.

Client: Federal Aviation Administration, New England Region

Completion Date: 2004

Burns & McDonnell provided design and construction administration services as part of a design-build team with VRH Construction of Englewood, N.J. The project consisted of a 111-foot-tall, Group I air traffic control tower and 5,500-square-foot administrative base building.

Located on a slightly sloped, 1.22-acre site, the project is at the southwest corner of the intersection of New York State Route 17K and Express Drive. The location of the tower was fixed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) criteria to the far northwestern corner of the site. The site has controlled access, is fully fenced and has been designed to satisfy the latest FAA Security Management Program.

The 350-square-foot cab has a floor elevation 93 feet above the ground floor. An innovative interior catwalk at the Cable Access Level, immediately below the cab floor, provides access to the rear of the consoles without interruption to the air traffic control personnel above.

The cable access and junction level floors were cantilevered out beyond the tower floors below to provide additional room for equipment racks.

The base building contains a suite of offices and a conference room for administrative personnel and lockers, toilets, a shower and break rooms for tower personnel. An electronics equipment room with raised floor is located adjacent to the tower.

The building in divided longitudinally by a sound attenuating, masonry bearing wall and separates office personnel from mechanical services.

An emergency generator is enclosed in a separate structure immediately adjacent to the base building but is connected along the exterior by a 5-foot overhang. This overhang provides sheltered access to all of the buildings during inclement weather and helps to reduce energy costs.