The Georgia Airport Association recently awarded Cobb County International Airport with the 2015 General Aviation Project of the Year for its newly constructed air traffic control tower.

The new tower opened in March 2015, and provides improved visibility and a proper layout of equipment. It also incorporates FAA security standards, an improved work environment for controllers, and a secure office for the tower manager.

The design/build contractor was Moss & Associates with AJT Engineering serving as the architect. Funding for the $2.9m project included a $1.25m grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program and a $125,000 grant from the State of Georgia’s Division of Aviation.

Cobb County International Airport – McCollum Field airport manager Karl Von Hagel said: "We are proud that our community has been recognized for its commitment to its airport and contribution to the safety of aviation and economic development in the region."

Cobb County International Airport is the second busiest general aviation airport in Georgia and is base to 300 aircraft. It generates an annual economic impact of $112.4m to the local community and supports 842 local jobs.

The Georgia Airports Association represents the State of Georgia’s 104 airports and its mission is ‘to provide, develop, and expand a safe and efficient airports system to meet the future economic growth of Georgia through the full implementation of the State Aviation System Plan’.