LAX Now Towers in Style (Available only in Structural Engineering Special Issue)

by Theresa Casey, Columbia, Conn.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 4, Pg. 10A-12A

Document Type: Feature article


Three years and three major building code agencies later, the $21 million Los Angeles Airport control tower stands as a testament to art, architecture and innovative engineering. Completed in March 1996, the once controversial air traffic control tower at Los Angeles International Airport LAX has now received the thumbs up from controllers, the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, airport visitors and local officials. Controversy over the architecturally daring tower at LAX stemmed from the highly visible and notably unusual forms of art that were integrated into the design. The Los Angeles Cultural Commission (LACC) pushed to make the tower an urban cultural statement that would combine a high-function engineering structure with artistic elements. LACC as dictated by statute, has approval authority over all design projects on city property.

Subject Headings: Structural engineering | Architectural engineering | Air traffic control | Urban areas | Structural members | Structural control | Standards and codes

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