Demolition of Former Air Traffic Control Tower Underway at SFO

South San Francisco, CA    March 14, 2017  Submitted by SFO via Carolyn Livengood

Crane and scaffolding to be erected to support removal of tower

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the demolition of the former air traffic control tower, which was decommissioned in October 2016 upon the opening of the new 221-foot tower. The former tower, built in 1983, will be removed progressively with the aid of a crane, along with scaffolding on the upper floors of the building. Construction teams plan to have the top “cab” section of the former tower removed by the end of March.

The project, budgeted at $55 million, will also remove the base structure below the former tower, which dates back to 1954 and does not meet current seismic requirements. In its place, the project will build new facility to include flexible office space, a café, and a public observation area, as the location affords views of all four runways at SFO. The project scope also includes an additional aircraft boarding gate in Terminal 2, anticipated to be ready for use by the end of March. All phases of the project are expected to be completed by the end of January 2019.

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