Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: Air Traffic Control Tower

Phoenix, AZ

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  • Owner/Developer

    City of Phoenix

  • Architect

    Jacobs Facilities

  • Engineer

    Jacobs Engineering

  • GC

    Jacobs Construction Services

  • Completion


  • Building Type


  • Façade Area

    Thermal aluminum frame and laminated glass fa

  • Glass

    Laminated and blast resistant



The new air traffic control tower at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the third tallest in the world. As Phoenix continues to boom as one of the fastest growing metropolises in the nation, the airport now serves over 100,000 passengers and 1,500 aircraft daily with the latest in aviation technologies. The tower nearly doubles the height of its predecessor originally built in the 1970’s, which was operating with partially blocked views of the airport. The new structure sits east of Terminal 3 and provides air traffic controllers with unobstructed views of the airfield to monitor takeoffs, landings, ground events and electronic surveillance. A 39,000 square foot TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) facility is also housed within the new structure. The project’s combined technologies maximize efficiency, which translates to fewer delays for passengers both arriving and departing. Annual passenger travel is expected to grow upwards of 50 million by 2010.

Enclos installed 60,000 square feet of 4mm aluminum composite material, 7,000 square feet of prefinished corrugated aluminum cladding, 3,000 square feet of pre-patinated copper, and 2,000 square feet of extruded aluminum channel. Fabrication services were provided by Enclos vendor/partner Riverside Group from Ontario, Canada.