Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Control Tower

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The Birmingham International Airport Control Tower is a 198-foot tall airport control tower located at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport completed in 2001. It replaced a 90-foot tall tower completed in 1964 which was subsequently demolished by 2004.

1964 tower

Groundbreaking for the 1964 tower occured on April 18. Dedicated on November 29, 1964, the tower was 90-feet tall, designed by Charles McCauley and built by Henry W. Green Construction Company. The cab from the tower was relocated to the Southern Museum of Flight after its demolition in 2004.

2001 tower

The replacement for the 1964 tower was initially proposed in March 1994. At this time, construction of a replacement tower at Birmingham was identified as the highest building priorty in the South and was proposed for completion by 1996. Funding from the FAA in the amount of $7,793,844 was awarded for the construction of the tower in July 1998. At the time of recieving funding, the tower was proposed to 211 feet in height and completed by 2000.

Groundbreaking for the tower was on January 25, 1999. The 2001 tower is 198-feet tall and is located adjacent to the southern end of the main terminal building. Dedicated on August 20, 2001, this served as the replacement for the 1964 tower. Borth Spencer Bachus and the FAA Southern Administrator Carolyn Blum were in attendance for its dedication.