Archer Western Selected to Build Control Tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
CHARLOTTE - January 15, 2015: The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Archer Western Construction to build a new Air Traffic Control Tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Archer Western will build the 370-foot tall structural precast concrete tower along with a 42,000 square-foot Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) base building. Construction will begin in spring 2016.
The new $60 million control tower will replace the existing tower that has been in operation since 1979. It will accommodate air traffic controllers in an 850 square-foot tower cab. The new tower will allow air traffic controllers to effectively manage the growing aircraft operations at the nation’s sixth busiest airport. The tower controlled approximately 544,000 aircraft operations in 2015, and is forecasted to grow to 748,000 by 2040.
“Charlotte Douglas has become a major transportation center in America,” said Kevin Swain, Vice President of Archer Western, “We are pleased to expand our work at the airport, and look forward to partnering with the FAA to further enhance its operations.”
The TRACON base building is a one-story facility that will contain administrative offices, storage and a power distribution supply system. Construction of the tower and TRACON base building is expected to be complete in 2018, and fully operational in 2019.
The project adds to Archer Western’s portfolio of work at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The company is currently constructing the West Terminal Expansion and Checked Baggage Screening Renovation, and recently completed the Rental Car Facility and Hourly Parking Deck, along with a high-speed exit taxiway.
Archer Western Construction is a member of The Walsh Group, a 118-year old family-owned company providing design, build, finance and operation services. The company has recently completed Air Traffic Control Towers and TRACON buildings at O’Hare International Airport and McCarran International Airport. The Walsh Group operates across 19 regional offices, and is listed as the 13th largest U.S. national contractor per Engineering News-Record, 2015.