Missoula International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower
On September 30, 2012, Missoula International Airport’s air traffic controllers began work in a new six-story, 101-foot, $6.77 million air traffic control tower. Completed under budget and ahead of schedule, the new tower offers controllers unencumbered views in all directions. Morrison-Maierle led the consulting effort of the new air traffic control tower. The project lasted three years and consisted of design, construction management and grant management.
The standard FAA control tower design was modified to better fit the climate of Missoula and included new fiber optic lines, a 150 kW emergency generator, natural gas, hot water heat, and central air conditioning combined with an economizer to utilize the ambient air to cool the tower cab. While the tower design was modified in many areas to reduce construction costs, the cab and equipment room dimensions were actually larger than standard FAA design requirements. Housed in the tower is state-of-the-art, next generation air traffic management equipment. The equipment installed at the Missoula tower is unique to their control tower; thus making it one of the most technologically advanced towers in the country.