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Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion

Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion
Total Est. Cost:  $19.4M
Completion:  This project is currently underway with completion anticipated for the Spring of 2020.

In response to growth in passenger traffic, up-gauging of aircraft and the need to improve the safe operation of the apron and hold room, work was approved to create a building addition to meet a new state of operations.  The LHRX projects is a 1765m2 addition to the lower passenger departure lounge creating space to accommodate all ground load passenger traffic for the next decade and beyond including the addition of another gate position.

Principle drivers include:  improving operational safety and efficiency for hold room operations; providing sufficient ground load capacity for both seating and serving passengers now and into the future; provide sufficient floorplate to allow additional revenue opportunities with the space.

Design features and amenities will include:

  • Minimizing walking distances to aircraft;
  • covered walkways on aprons;
  • segregated gates with a one-podium, one-door, one-aircraft principle;
  • improved ground equipment storage;
  • new premium washroom facilities including pet relief for service animals and universal;
  • family room;
  • expanded food and beverage and additional retail; and
  • basement.

The recent snowfall and amount of snow accumulation did make for some challenges and efforts were focused on ensuring that passenger ramps and walkways were cleat and salted.

Significant Developments: The focus for the past four weeks saw the completion of the structural steel framing and roof deck installation along with the mobilization of the building envelope trades.  The following is a summary of the key milestones for February 2019:  

  • The main structural steel work was completed
  • Steel stud parapet was framed and boarded around the roof perimeter
  • The skylights were framed and boarded
  • Curtainwall mullions along the east side of the passenger departure lounge were installed
  • Roof drainage and water piping at main floor ceiling level started
  • Mechanical units were installed
  • Mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue in the basement
  • HVAC ductworks and sprinkler piping installations continue 

Schedule: The project commenced on January 15, 2018.  There are 3 primary phases of work associated with this project.  The first phase being the main lower passenger departure lounge expansion to the north over 19 months.  Phase two involves the new washroom block and vertical circulation core to the basement over seven months.  Phase three includes renovations to the existing passenger departure lounge and is anticipated to take one month.  The total project is expected to be completed by Spring 2020.

Below is a time-lapse video of the last week of the construction project.  You can view previous weeks' videos on YouTube here and more progress pictures in our Photo Gallery.