Air Traffic Control and TRACON Facility - Ft. Myers, FL

In support of the Lee County Port Authority’s (LCPA) desire to relocate the airport traffic control tower (ATCT) and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), Pond provided facility assessment services at the existing facilities at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers. These services included an evaluation of site and building elements as well as interviews with facility personnel. From the information gathered, a final report was prepared detailing the findings and recommendations. The space adequacy efforts developed into a preliminary program for the new facility that works in conjunction with an FAA-prepared AFTIL Siting Study which allowed LCPA to start the development of the replacement facility.

Pond developed concepts for the new facility based on results of the Assessment Report, and Pond’s knowledge of FAA standards, criteria, life safety and space requirements and adjacencies. Pond developed a series of mass models used to generate multiple sketch style renderings of tower/base building designs. Pond, in collaboration with the LCPA design staff, added architectural features and backgrounds to fit the current architectural theme of the airport. In concurrence with the Airport’s Executive Director, a final photorealistic rendering was developed for the airport to use in gaining Lee County Commission approvals for the program.

Pond is now providing full design services for the construction of the new $24M ATCT and TRACON facility at RSW. This includes architectural, structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, communications and fire protection engineering. The ATCT will be approximately 205 feet above grade and will have an associated 15,500 sf TRACON. The structure of the ATCT and TRACON will be designed to resist prescribed blast load at the required stand-off distance from the facility.

The new ATCT and TRACON will be constructed adjacent to the existing, recently constructed Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) facility. After the new ATCT and TRACON are constructed, an approved 16-month switch-over period (or commissioning) will take place. In order to provide the new facility with communications, an airfield cabling package will be provided that will illustrate how the new ATCT cabling will splice into the existing airport loop feeding the current ATCT.

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