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Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion

Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion
Total Est. Cost:  $19.7M
Completion:  June 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 April 28, 2020:  

Phase (1) One - Complete

  • Occupancy was granted on the new expanded lower passenger departure lounge and Go-Live was achieved the morning of September 19, 2019.  This completes Phase One.
Phase (2) Two commenced October 2019 and involves new washroom block, vertical circulation core to the basement and finishes in existing lower passenger departure lounge. 
The key milestones and planned activities for February 2020 include:
  • Completion of new structural steel
  • Completion of concrete slab on grade
  • Completion of concrete curb at existing curtainwall
  • Completion of concrete sidewalk and planters at exterior west side
  • Installation of new roof to washroom block expansion
  • Completion of new artwall and reinstallation of Genesis art piece
  • Removal of existing marmoleum down centre walkway of passenger departure lounge and installation of new porcelain tile
  • West of existing passenger departure lounge to 'Go Live' including new furniture, millwork and other finishes
  • Drywall to basement washrooms
  • Continuation of steel stud framing and drywall work level one (1) washroom area
  • Mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue at level one (1)

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 was completed September 19, 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 the end of June due to the pandemic conditions impacting staffing and supply chain.

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.