Project led by Michael Meschino and Chongsong Yu while employed at a previous firm.
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
51,000 m² terminal building + 50,000 m² parkade for 1,600 cars
Structural Engineering Consultant
This new $12 million commuter facility was developed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to replace the Terminal 1 Satellite. The project improves airport efficiencies, consolidating operations within the new Terminal 1 building, improving passenger service, and eliminating bussing costs.
The Gate 193 commuter facility in Terminal 1 provides 14 commuter aircraft positions serving the transborder sector. The structure was designed to support additional forces on the building occurring from power-in/power-out operations of the aircraft, thus maximizing the airline’s operating efficiency. In addition, the project involved deconstruction and relocation of a 110 m portion of an existing fabric canopy structure from the satellite building to the new commuter facility, providing sheltered access to seven of the new gates.
Challenge: The GTAA’s tight operations schedule required that the new pier be designed, built, and opened for operation within 7 months. The GTAA also required that the new pier be easily dismantled so that it could be relocated and reconstructed elsewhere on the airport site to permit future expansion of the main terminal building.
Solution: The new structure was designed using distinct bolted structural steel modules so that large panels could be deconstructed and reassembled elsewhere on the airport site. The superstructure was designed to bear on the existing 400 mm thick apron, thereby eliminating the need for additional foundations. The sloping concrete floor structure was cast on a separation sheet over the apron slab to eliminate additional floor framing.