Project led by Michael Meschino and Chongsong Yu while employed at a previous firm.
Photography courtesy of Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Stantec
Winnipeg Airports Authority
51,000 m² terminal building, 50,000 m² parkade for 1,600 cars
Lead Structural Engineer
$585 M (total re-development)
2011 Airports Going Green Award, Chicago Department of Aviation
Opened in 2011, the $585 M re-development of Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport includes Canada’s first LEED®-certified air terminal building.
As they make their way to domestic or international flights at one of the terminal’s 22 gates, air travellers enjoy sweeping views of Manitoba’s prairies thanks to the terminal’s large glazed façades. Views of the interior compete with views of the prairie thanks to dramatic roof overhangs that cantilever up to 16 metres that taper to a “knife-edge” profile, long ceiling spans and generous floor-to-floor heights. The double-height baggage claim hall features a unique, constellation-like skylight system.
Pedestrian bridges lead to the new four-level, 1,600-vehicle parkade. An aesthetically appealing cladding system integrates it with the terminal building.
Challenge: Winnipeg’s long cold winters limited the duration of favourable construction periods, while its expansive soils required special design considerations for foundations and slab-on-grade elements.
Solution: To economically facilitate winter construction, we maximized off-site fabrication by designing driven precast pile foundations, precast parkade superstructure elements and structural steel terminal building superstructure. We accommodated expansive soils by using suspended slabs on grade over void-form.