The $1.6 billion design-build Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) is currently under construction at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). A unique feature of the new concourse is the Ramp Control Tower (RCT). The function of the RCT is to direct airline traffic on the apron of the MSC and also provide visibility of two taxiways which are obstructed from view by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Tower. The RCT must be fully functional for MSC to open and will be operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Airport Operations. It is scheduled for completion by June 2020.
The MSC RCT is a vital component to keep airline traffic moving safely and efficiently. This is a one-of-a-kind project for LAX, as only a few airports in the United States have RCTs. The 880-square-foot tower must have 360-degree visibility. This is a challenge given that both power and communications are provided to the cab level and multiple antenna, are located on the roof.
The RCT will include 10 workstations for staff and the custom furniture will be constructed specifically to accommodate the workstations and equipment. The communications component of the project is complicated and linkage to the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower is required to meet federal security standards. Connections to LAX’s Central Communications Center must tie into existing equipment and procedures. As a result, the design of the systems for the RCT requires specialized expertise offered only by three companies in the US. Services Provided KKCS’ Construction Manager also serves as the Owner’s Representative. The scope of the RCT project draws upon many different skills such as cost and schedule, as well as coordination with Airport Operations, LAWA IT, and technical subject matter experts.
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
Los Angeles, CA