Melbourne International Airport in Orlando: Air Traffic Control Tower

Melbourne International Airport in Orlando is located 1.5 miles northwest of downtown Melbourne, in Orlando Florida. Presently, the airport covers 2,800 acres and has three asphalt runways. Back then, the air traffic control tower became obsolete, hence it needed a modern touch.  CTBX Aviation a firm that  specializes in the planning and design of control towers. Furthermore, they have been a part of the design of over 70 Air Traffic Control Towers in the US. We have a great relationship with them and have worked very well in the past. Consequently, they included us to their team ! 

Project description

This new tower for the Melbourne International Airport in Orlando rises 115 feet high above runways. 

  • Eighth-story Air Traffic Control Tower.
  • 1,525 SqFt Air Traffic Control Tower.
  • 25’x25’ Footprint.
  • 2 Air Traffic Control Equipment Rooms.

Structural System

First, the structural system consists of 10” thick precast concrete walls with pre-stressed concrete joist and a reinforced concrete slab on grade. The cab framing in a 4-column configuration which consists of HSS structural tubing and maximizes the visibility in 360 degrees around the cab. Even though the 4 columns were a requisite from the client, it was a challenge. The tower sits on a rigid Mat Foundation. 

Air Traffic Control Tower – Melbourne International Airport in Orlando

What’s the Scope? is a new initiative hosted by Eastern Engineering Group for civil engineering and architectural students.

In this interview, David Manosalva, FIU student, picked the Air Traffic Control Tower at Melbourne International Airport as the structure he wanted to “structurally analyze”. He loves aviation projects, therefore he was very excited ! In this episode we spoke to Brian Lally P.E. from CTBX Aviation and Alexis Martinez P.E. from Eastern Engineering Group about the many challenges and innovative milestones that are involved in aviation projects.  Check out the interview !

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