Melbourne International Airport in Orlando: Air Traffic Control Tower
The Melbourne Air Traffic Control Tower stands as a prominent 115-foot gray structure, commanding attention with its sleek design and modern features. Adorned with exterior LED lights, the tower not only serves as a functional hub for air traffic management but also as a captivating visual landmark. Overlooking the sprawling expanse of the Northrop Grumman campus, the tower stands at the intersection of innovation and aviation. Its thoughtful design is evident in the details, such as the curved water spray pipes adorning each tower window, a clever solution to ensure clear visibility by dispelling morning dew.
The project consisted of the demolition of an existing structure and the construction of a robust steel superstructure designed to support an array of 50 sophisticated Doppler Antennas and a meticulously prefabricated fiberglass Distributor Room. This complex network was masterfully upheld by a framework of wide flange I-beams intricately intertwined with metal bar grating, all ingeniously bolstered by eight strategically positioned steel-braced frames.
ARCHITECTURAL FIRM: CTBX Aviation
CTBX Aviation, founded in 2004, is a prominent Architectural/Engineering firm specializing in the comprehensive planning, design, and construction administration of cutting-edge control towers. Their team of airport traffic control tower consultants includes skilled professionals ranging from architects and engineers to designers, graphics artists, estimators, and construction administrators. Together, they provide unparalleled expertise and support to create functional and innovative control tower solutions.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING FIRM : EASTERN ENGINEERING GROUP
Eastern Engineering Group was responsible for the comprehensive structural engineering of the groundbreaking project involving the transformation of an existing site into a cutting-edge DVOR ground station. The foundation of this innovation was rooted in the expertise of Eastern Engineering Group, where pile caps and deep auger cast pile foundations formed the bedrock of stability. Our meticulous focus encompassed every aspect of the structural design, calculations, and specifications.
Did you Know about… What’s the Scope? is a new initiative hosted by Eastern Engineering Group for civil engineering and architectural students.
In this interview, we delve into the fascinating world of structural analysis and aviation engineering. David Manosalva, a passionate FIU student with a deep affinity for aviation projects, chose the iconic Air Traffic Control Tower at Melbourne International Airport as his subject for “structural analysis.” His enthusiasm for aviation made this a particularly exciting endeavor for him.
During the interview, we had the privilege of speaking with Brian Lally P.E. from CTBX Aviation, and Alexis Martinez P.E. from Eastern Engineering Group. The conversation revolved around the many challenges and innovative milestones that are involved in aviation projects. Check out the interview !