Project led by Michael Meschino and Chongsong Yu while employed at a previous firm
Pelli Clark Pelli and Stantec Architects
Winnipeg Airports Authority
50,000 m2 parkade for 1,600 cars
Lead Structural Engineer (in conjunction with Crosier Kilgour)
$30 M (Parkade)
Enhanced parking facilities, providing convenient access and vehicle capacity to service the new terminal building, were required as part of the $585 million redevelopment of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
The new, four level precast concrete parkade provides capacity for 1,600 cars, and features a cladding system to create aesthetic appeal and integration with the adjacent terminal building. Long, central lightwells bring natural light into the parkade interior. The new parkade is connected to the terminal building and an existing parkade through pedestrian bridges and vehicle ramps.
Challenge: Winnipeg’s environmental conditions posed a significant design challenge. Long cold winters reduced favourable construction period durations, while expansive soils required special design considerations for foundations and slabs-on-grade elements.
Solution: An extensive cost-benefit analysis was performed to study various durability and constructability options. The analysis included several waterproofing systems, corrosion inhibiters, and sealers. Structural system options included cast-in-place topped precast double tees, pre-topped precast double tees, cast-in-place reinforced concrete, and cast-in-place post-tensioned alternatives. The selected design utilized driven precast pile foundations and precast parkade superstructure elements in order to maximize off-site fabrication and economically facilitate winter construction.