• Design of redundant data and voice infrastructures with
secure connections to various wide area networks.
• Documentation for certification through the U.S.
Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) program.
• Life safety and fire protection design for workspaces
and server and data rooms.
• Construction of both bricks-and-mortar and
• System integration.
• Testing and certification to applicable standards.
• If engineer-procure-construct or integrated technology
development is the chosen method, the designer must
also be a licensed contractor.
Remember that AOCs are eligible for FAA funding and should
be included in an airport’s capital improvement plan. The FAA’s
funding rate is specific to each airport and must be discussed
with the local airport district office (ADO). If the project is
approved, be sure to invite the ADO to the design charrette.
Ron Crain is a program manager in the Aviation Group
at Burns & McDonnell.
Q.: Which functions and personnel should be
present in an AOC?
A.: All functions involved in real-time
• Airfield operation and inspection
• Airfield maintenance
• Landside fire/police/911 dispatch
• Airport telephone operator
• Building automation, maintenance
• Security operations
• Baggage system monitoring
• IT help desk
• Communications network security
• Airport CDM administrator
• Common use and flight information
display system (FIDS) administrator