Air Route Traffic Control Centers
Tooles Contracting Group completed 47,000 square feet of office renovations and upgrades to the Federal Aviation Administration Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC) Mod 4 and Mini Mod in Atlanta, Georgia. This included replacing live mechanical, DSR and curtain walls all while traffic control operations were ongoing. Being a high security area, all subcontractors were subject to extensive FBI background checks and were required to carry their badge 100% of the time they were on site.
The scope at both the Atlanta and Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Centers included the installation of a new curtain wall system at the FAA Air Traffic Control Center Administration Building. New curtain wall panels were attached to the existing curtain wall mullions. After installation, existing windows were removed from the inside. The project also included demolition of all interior finishes and architectural renovations for installation of a new elevator. Architectural renovations included drywall at the Machine Room, HVAC at the Machine Room, and masonry infill at elevators.
Security and IT work included upgrading and adding on to the existing systems while absolutely causing no potential for disruptions to the live systems. A redundant system was built around the existing system and operationally tested prior to a thoroughly coordinated switchover to the new system. All work was planned, coordinated and scheduled around working on a live system.
The FAA operates 22 ARTCC’s throughout the United States. Air Route Traffic Control Centers are high security facilities established to provide air traffic control service to aircraft within controlled airspace throughout the United States. Tooles Contracting Group performed all construction in the highly secured facility and did not cause any interference to traffic control operations. This included replacing live mechanical, DSR and curtain walls all while traffic control operations were ongoing. Being a high security area, all subcontractors were subject to extensive FBI background checks and were required to carry their badge 100% of the time they were on site.
Atlanta ARTCC is home to the busiest piece of airspace in the world and is the world’s largest, housing over 600 air traffic controllers. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport sees well over 100 movements an hour, over 900,000 aircraft operations a year, and 89,379,287 passengers a year according to the ACI World Report in 2007. Atlanta ARTCC as a whole had seen over 2.9 million operations to date in 2008.