The new air traffic control tower at Gulf Shores International Airport (JKA) has been honored as the General Aviation Project of the Year by the American Association of Airport Executives.
White-Spunner Construction, based in Mobile, built the multi-million-dollar tower, working with Barge Design Solutions and AJT Engineering.
“The tower consists of nearly 2 million pounds of concrete, over six miles of copper electrical and communications wiring and stands 95 feet tall,” the construction firm said in announcing the award. The tower’s state-of-the-art communication system allows aircraft to connect from more than thirty miles away.”
“It’s not often you are able to work on a project that is such a great addition to the community and local economy,” noted Craig Blackburn, WSC’s vice president of operations. “The project’s success is the direct result of our phenomenal team at White-Spunner, project subcontractors, the design and engineering efforts of Barge and AJT, the determination of airport manager Scott Fuller and diligence of representatives of the Gulf Shores Airport Authority.”
The Gulf Shores airport has the second-highest number of takeoffs and landings among the state’s airports.