Air Traffic Control Tower at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Location:

Atlanta, GA
 

Owner:

City of Atlanta’s Department of Aviation
 

Architect:

Radian International
 

Contractor:

Hensel Phelps
 

Project Scope

Sq. Footage:

114,434 total (architectural and structural precast concrete)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Air Traffic Control Tower at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Air Traffic Control Tower at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The 398-ft.-tall air traffic control tower Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, GA, is the tallest in North America. The tower is flanked with 680 precast concrete panels. The panels were cast in Gate Precast Company’s Monroeville, Alabama facility and range in size and shape, with the largest measuring more than 9 ft. tall, 13.5 ft. wide and 3 ft. thick and weighing nearly 49,000 lbs.

The 6,000-psi precast panels define the structural system of the tower’s stem. Starting at level four, each 30-ft. level of the stem is made up of 40 panels: 12 outside flat panels, 12 for radius corners panels and 16 interior wall panels. The stem continues up through the cab, which houses air traffic controllers and associated equipment. Steel forms the structural support system for the cab, which is also flanked in architectural precast panels.

Gate Precast worked closely with general contractor Hensel Phelps six months prior to precast installation to insure the sequencing of work would meet the aggressive schedule. The stem and cab precast concrete panels are lightly sandblasted to provide an enhanced surface for paint adhesion.

Gate also produced precast concrete for two related structures: a three-story base building at the bottom of the ATCT and a one-story engine generation building.

 
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