member spotlight: san francisco international airport

Lots of news took flight at San Francisco International Airport this week (April 25), with Mayor Ed Lee naming a successor to Director and Council Executive Committee member John Martin and the new Traffic Control Tower being recognized as the top engineering project in the United States. Ivar C. Satero will take the reins from Martin, who over 20 years has led the world class international airport through a tremendous period of growth and transformation. Satero is currently the chief operating officer of SFO and formerly held the position of deputy director for design and construction. His appointment is effective July 18, 2016.

Also this week, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) named the control tower facility as the 2016 “Grand Conceptor Award Winner” for employing a cutting-edge vertical post-tensioned system, enabling the tower to remain upright and fully operational after a major earthquake.

“The new Airport Traffic Control Tower at SFO is the physical manifestation of our Partnering approach to construction projects, delivering innovative engineering solutions in an iconic design,” said Airport Director John L. Martin.  “I congratulate the entire team for their achievement, and I thank the American Council of Engineering Companies for bestowing their highest national award to this project.”

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