NEW YORK–The Federal Aviation Administration today dedicated a new airport traffic control tower for LaGuardia Airport (LGA) that will replace the one that has served the airport since 1964. In 2010, air traffic controllers at LGA handled nearly 400,000 takeoffs and landings.
The tower will be equipped with the latest aviation technology, including the Airport Surface Detection System Model X (ASDE-X), which allows controllers to track surface movement of aircraft and vehicles. Controllers will also be using the Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS), which consolidates information including navigational aid displays into one screen.
The new 233-foot high tower is 82 feet higher than the previous tower and has an 850 square foot tower cab. The total cost to design, equip, and construct the new tower was approximately $100 million.
tsnamm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 624 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1735 times:
Quoting comorin (Reply 7): I love the old tower, so jet-age iconic. I hope it gets landmarked.
Oh please God no....can we just get rid of the old crap and move forward? Everyone complains how old
and decrepit the facilities are at LGA and when they finally build something new, some one wants to "save" the old buildgings everyone was complaining about. Just get rid of it...no one will miss it.
jfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2960 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1664 times:
I am all for landmarking buildings that are worth it, but in NYC we tend to cheapen the cause by trying to landmark everything.
It's especially tough at airports because they are constantly growing and evolving. Take the TWA terminal for instance. Absolutely fantastic building worthy or landmarking. But what is it doing now? Nothing? Along with landmarking, a better plan to adapt and use it with the new T5 should have been implemented. Right now it stands as a lawn ornament.
moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2143 posts, RR: 11 Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1501 times:
I remember reading that the old tower obstructs the view of part of the ramp from the new tower, so it needs to be removed. In one news story I read about the dedication, they said part of the old tower would be dismantled, but part would be left and turned into a restaurant. That's the first I heard of that.