The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is launching a nationwide solicitation in search for the next firm or individual to design the country’s control towers of the future.
The FAA currently has more than 100 aging control towers at regional and municipal airports across the United States that will eventually need to be replaced.
“For communities large and small, the air traffic control tower is an icon. We want architects and engineers from every corner of the country to help build the safe and sustainable towers of the future,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in FAA's press release.
What the FAA hopes to achieve with the nationwide solicitation is to find a designer who will develop a standardized design for control towers that will:
Meet operational and cost requirements
Maximize energy efficiency
Be easy to modify according to height needs
Be rapidly constructed