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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.

Significant Developments: The focus for the past four weeks was geared broadly at all trades.  The following is a summary of the key milestones to August 31, 2019:  

  • Framing and boarding of Phase 2 hoarding walls in the existing lower passenger departure lounge
  • Installation of the sliding glass doors
  • Installation of the beauty caps to the exterior side of the curtain wall
  • Cladding to the skylights was completed
  • Wood wall paneling to the monolith and interior skylights was completed
  • Wood slat ceiling installation is nearing completion
  • Ceramic tile flooring is nearing completion
  • Stainless steel handrail installations are complete
  • Concrete to Phase 1 plantar boxes are complete
  • All permanent fencing is complete and paving work is complete
  • Installation of the structural steel to the gate portals is complete
  • Parapet cap flashing is nearing completion
  • Installation of light fixtures, devices and diffusers to the wood ceiling is nearing completion
  • Installation of the millwork is nearing completion

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 One is expected to be complete September 2019. 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.