For Immediate Release

Release No. 052404
May 24, 2004
Contact: Mike Fergus
Phone: (425) 227-1203

Renton, WA – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today dedicated a new, state-of-the-art airport traffic control tower at Sea-Tac International Airport.

At 233 feet high to the cab floor (269 feet including rooftop antennae), the new tower is more than twice the height of the old tower, built in 1949.

"With the most advanced radar and communications systems, this tower is among the best in the nation Air traffic controllers now have the newest equipment and the best views to ensure the highest level of operational safety." said Bruce Johnson, vice president for terminal services for the FAA's Air Traffic Organization.

Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray; Gina Marie Lindsay Seattle-Tacoma airport director; and Doug Murphy, FAA Northwest Mountain regional administrator also attended the dedication ceremony.

Construction of the new tower started March 27, 2000, and operations began there April 24 in a seamless overnight transfer from the old tower.

Equipment modernization requirements and the need for controllers to have a complete and unobstructed view of the runways and taxiways were among the key factors in building the new structure.

The new tower houses 45 FAA employees, including administrative staff, air traffic controllers, equipment support technicians and maintenance employees. The new tower's 18,000-square-foot base building includes administrative offices, an emergency generator, a heating and air conditioning plant and fire suppression systems.

The FAA tower complex was built by PCL Construction Ltd., of Bellevue, WA. The cost of the project was $30 million, including design and equipment.