John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - Air Traffic Control Tower
Jamaica, New York
The air traffic control tower (ATCT) at JFK was the first of a new generation of towers, designed to respond to air transportation technological developments. As executive architect for the FAA, LEO A DALY worked for ten years developing control tower prototypes prior to the JFK tower. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey selected LEO A DALY as designer and executive engineer to design a 32-story tower to be a symbol of the revitalized JFK, just as the airport's original 15-story tower became the airport's symbol when it was constructed in 1957. Harmonizing with JFK’s new master architecture, the tower’s concrete lines and rounded projecting cantilevers place the tower in its context as a new icon.
Rising 321 feet, the tower consists of a reinforced concrete shaft housing two elevators, two independent emergency stairs and mechanical and electrical chases. A cantilevered four-level, all-glass facade cab houses FAA administrative functions, electronic equipment and mechanical systems support in the three levels below the uppermost control cab. A cantilevered Port Authority Ramp Control/Gate Assignment Level is located 113-FT above the ramp, and a two-story FAA administrative facility at the tower's base accommodates mechanical and electrical equipment rooms at aircraft ramp level. A 100-FT elevated enclosed link connects the tower facility to the International Arrivals Building.
At a glance
320 FT Tower
2-Story Base Building
2 Independent Emergency Stairs
Cantilevered, Four-Level, All-Glass Façade Cab
Cantilevered Port Authority Ramp Control/Gate Assignment Level
Concrete Reinforced Steel Industry (CRSI)
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Industry/AIA
Build New York Award
General Building Contractors of NY State
Design Excellence Award
Chamber of Commerce, Borough of Queens
Annual CIB Award
The Concrete Industry Board, Inc. of New York
Site Analysis, Field Observations
Feasibility and Concept Studies Program
JFK's ATCT was the tallest tower in North America at its time of construction.
The new ATCT was the first major element completed in the airport’s $1.7 billion redevelopment plan.
travelers go through JFK every year, making it the sixth busiest airport in the United States.