LaGuardia Airport air traffic controllers have moved into a new $100 million high-tech control tower super structure that replaces the obsolete tower that was the latest thing when it opened 46 years ago. At 233 feet, the new tower provides a 360-degree view for air traffic controllers watching runways and taxiways, compared with the 151-foot former tower.
The new tower includes a two-story, 17,380-square-foot base housing administrative offices, space for electrical, mechanical and electronic equipment as well as room for employee breaks and locker rooms. The $100 million cost of the super structure includes design, construction and equipment. The $62.8 million super structure began construction on Dec. 1, 2006.