Construction of PIT Control Tower a Milestone in Airport History

As planning continues for the future of Pittsburgh International Airport, take a look back at its past

By Matt Neistein

Published February 8, 2019

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As Pittsburgh International Airport prepares to embark on an ambitious five-year journey with a billion-dollar Terminal Modernization Program, we thought it would be timely to look back at past construction milestones in the development of the state’s second-largest airport.

In March 1985, Greater Pittsburgh International Airport opened its air traffic control tower, now the control tower for Pittsburgh International Airport. At the time, the 227-foot facility was the FAA’s tallest tower nationwide. Its cost of $12 million translates to about $28 million in 2018 dollars.

Planning and construction took about four years.

The 20-story tower has been a cornerstone of the airport for three decades and will continue to stand watch as PIT evolves for the future.

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