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San Francisco International Airport – Replacement Air Traffic Control Tower

Photographer: John Swain

One of the busiest airports in North America, SFO air traffic controllers guide more than 1,000 aircrafts daily on four runways. New technologies and a seismically vulnerable existing tower – located four miles from the San Andreas Fault – necessitated the need for a new tower and base building that complement the architectural features of SFO’s International Terminal and provide a safe, world-class workspace for air traffic controllers.

The 221-foot-tall cantilevered tower features a 650-square-foot controller work area with 13 control stations and a 270 degree unobstructed view of the taxiways and runways. The tower sits atop a three-story, 44,000-square-foot Integrated Facilities Building (IFB), which includes FAA administrative offices and electronic equipment, a roof garden, airport public circulation space and both public and FAA amenities. The seismic design for the tower allows for the structure to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake.


  • LEED Gold

Completion Year



44,000 square feet
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