JFK Control Tower

JFK Control Tower
JFK International Airport, Queens, New York

Owner: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey – New York, NY
Architect/Engineer: Leo A. Daly Company – Omaha, Nebraska
Awards: 1991 Concrete Industry Board’s Annual Award
Photographer: Peter Leach​ 

Architects This 32-ft. square tower of white concrete rises 320 ft., providing JFK’s air traffic controllers a panoramic view of the airport’s operations. The striking white concrete shaft is the major component of the structure’s overall framing system. Concrete was selected for aesthetic reasons to nurture a high-tech appearance and for structural reasons to ensure the stiffness required by the tower’s height. 

Aesthetics specified a fine-grained white cement with a smooth and dense finish. To achieve the architectural concrete effect, the concrete shaft was formed with smooth plastic surfaced plywood laid out with a specific butt joint and reveal pattern. The white concrete is an unfinished out-of-form surface.