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Breaking Ground

The snazzy new control tower at SFO broke ground today at a fancy ceremony attended by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and other head honchos. The state-of-the-art air traffic control tower that we're officially naming Mr. Swirly will cost $102M to build and be 221 feet tall. It's also slated to get in on some LEED Gold action. The project is estimated to create as many as 600 jobs, mostly in construction. Mayor Lee was in attendance for today's ceremony, saying "I wore my lucky tie," which has an image of the Golden Gate Bridge on it. He also mentioned being excited to get the (construction) party started. The tower is expected to begin operating in late 2015. [SF Appeal]