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lightweight alcoa aluminium enhances new york airport
If you’re flying into New York’s LaGuardia Airport in the future, keep an eye out for the new 233-foot tall air traffic control tower, which is clad in Alcoa's lightweight Reynobond® aluminium composite material panels.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioned Jacobs of Arlington, Virginia, to design a new, modern air traffic control tower for LaGuardia Airport, to replace the existing air traffic control tower, cab and base building.

The old tower was constructed in 1962 and the new tower raises the control cabin about 70 feet above the old one, giving the air traffic controllers an unobstructed 360-degree view of runways and taxi areas.

“We specified metal for the tower because it is lightweight, durable, and versatile and virtually maintenance free,” said Stephen Wakeman, design principal of Jacobs.

“Aesthetically, the Reynobond ACM cladding ties the tower to the other metal-clad buildings within the airport complex,” he said.

To increase the subtlety of the tower, the cabin was clad in a custom blue shade panel, which virtually fades into the sky.

Sid Peterson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Alcoa Architectural Products said: "Versatile Alcoa architectural products, such as Reynobond, are particularly suitable for achieving unique designs on building façades and interiors. Architects and specifiers find they have greater control over the finished appearance of their projects when working with the Alcoa family of products.”


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