The Front Range Airport Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is the tallest general aviation tower in the United States. The project began October of 2000 when the Airport Development Group was selected to complete the Siting Study for the Airport, which was based on full build out of the Airport, including a future parallel North/South runway.
The minimum viewing height will be 5,596.8 MSL, which will produce a tower cab floor height of 190.6 feet AGL.
The ATCT was designed by URS Corporation and constructed by Hensel Phelps at a cost of $4.6 million. The total cost of the project was $5.7 and the FAA installed and additional $1.5 million in equipment.
The Airport is very appreciative of the DIA controllers for operating the tower for the Rocky Mountain Region Fly-in June 25 & 26, 2005; whereby the DIA controllers became the first official tower operators. Bill Hammond, FAA Operational Support Specialist Denver TRACON is based at the Front Range Airport and is recognized as the "First Official Controller" because of his tireless efforts organizing air traffic control for the Fly-In and providing control throughout the Fly-In.
Serco contract controllers reported for duty July 1st and after a certification process began full tower operations were August 1, 2005. The Front Range Airport (FTG) is one of fifty-four contract towers operated by Serco, under the FAA Contract Tower Program. The FTG ATCT has management oversight by FAA Denver TRACON. Currently, 226 smaller airports participate in the program, representing 45 percent of all control towers in the U.S. In addition, federal contract towers handle approximately 25 percent of control tower aircraft operations for about 10 percent of FAA's budget to operate all control towers in the U.S. Additional information can be found on the U.S Contract Tower Association Website: www.contracttower.org.