The Lee County Port Authority started the construction phase for a new Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility at the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
The $80-million project will replace the current tower, built in 1982, with a state-of the-art-facility located next to the airport’s Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Station. The ATCT project is funded with money from the Florida Department of Transportation and Airport Passenger Facility Charges.
Construction of the ATCT will support more than 300 jobs and operation of the tower is planned for summer 2022.
Pond is providing full design services for the construction of the new ATCT and TRACON facility. This includes architectural, structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, communications and fire protection engineering.
The new tower will be approximately 200 feet tall from the ground to the cab roof, which is more than twice the height of the existing tower. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Controllers will be able to view the entire airport and runway approaches under the current and future parallel runway configurations for both air and ground control.
The Southwest Florida International Airport served nearly 9.4 million passengers in 2018 and is on pace to reach 10 million passengers in 2019. The airport is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.