Client Federal Aviation Administration

Oakland International Airport (OAK) - Air Traffic Control Tower

Oakland, California

Oakland International Airport is one of the country’s most sustainability-conscious airports in the country, and the first to receive LEED Silver Certification for a passenger terminal. Now, its air traffic control tower is also a triumph of green design. This 219-FT tower and 13,000-SF base building is designed to LEED Gold standards and includes photovoltaic, geothermal HVAC, and blast-resistant design. The control tower employs the use of the SidePlate™ system for efficient seismic protection, as well as a blast-resistant panel system to provide additional antiterrorism force protection. The site includes a bio-retention system and a rain water collection system for irrigation.

At a glance

219 FT Tower

13,000-SF Base Building

LEED Gold Certified


Sustainability Features: Photovoltaic; Geothermal HVAC; Bio-retention system; Rainwater collection for irrigation; Storm Water Management Plan

Blast-resistant design; Blast-resistant panels for ATFP

SidePlate system for seismic protection


Architectural Design

Overall Project Management

Construction Documents

"I would like to say what a pleasure it was to work with your company again and I thought the design and construction were superb. In the WSA it is touted as a model project for the FAA. You should use us as a reference as we are all very pleased with the results."


water use reduction was achieved through water-efficient landscaping


OAK was the first airport to be awarded with LEED Silver Certification for a passenger terminal.


of construction waste was diverted from landfills, and redirected back into the manufacturing process