New Airport Tower Now In Use
By: James Kinsella
The new air traffic control tower at Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis went into operation at 6 AM Tuesday.
“It went smoothly and without any hitches,” airport manager Roland W. “Bud” Breault Jr. stated. “At 10 PM Monday we ceased operations at the old tower and, at 6 AM [Tuesday], began work in the new one.”
At 4,000 square feet and six stories high, the tower rises 85 feet above ground. The structure cost $6.96 million, paid in full by Federal Aviation Administration capital grants and federal stimulus funds.
The tower was designed by CTBX Aviation Of Cocoa Beach, Florida, built by Suffolk Construction Company of Boston, and placed into operation in 15 and a half months.
Because controllers in the new tower are up higher than before, Mr. Breault stated, they have a full view of the entire airfield, increasing the margin of safety for passengers and flight crews.
“Our upgraded communications equipment and security features are state of the art,” he said.
The old tower, in use since the 1950s, will be demolished later this year once all hazardous materials are safely removed.
The new tower includes Energy Star-rated heating, ventilation and air conditioning, along with an energy-efficient elevator.
Those design elements are expected to earn the airport a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ”silver” certification, meaning that the tower was planned and built to meet high conservation standards.
The tower is the Town of Barnstable’s first LEED-certified municipal structure. Barnstable airport officials believe the structure is the first federal contract air traffic control tower in the nation to achieve such a rating.