As part of OTG’s innovative dining program that integrates technology, iconic design, and locally sourced dining options, PCL managed the construction of 13 new restaurants that bring new flavours and diverse cultures to Toronto Pearson International Airport. The project also included the construction of hold rooms, commissaries, and a storage area.
The complexity of this project was amplified by tight timelines and working in a fully operational international airport. All construction activity was carefully coordinated based on flight schedules. Unexpected occurrences such as flight delays were common, but the team’s careful weekly planning and review of day and night shifts helped to maximize productivity based on flight schedules at nearby gates. With security at top of mind, all workers were escorted by airport security, and all tools, equipment, and materials had to be cleared. Transportation and delivery of restaurant structures were carefully planned and sequenced, with larger pieces being received off-site and a delivery timeline created so that the team made use of necessary pieces only as required. Once these pieces were at their designated location in the airport, a layout of hoarding space was created to allow for the erection of each piece of the structure.
The project has transformed the travel experience at Pearson, with the new restaurants featuring top local chefs and the gate areas of both terminals equipped with 2,500 iPads for guests to order food, browse the web, and stay updated with real-time flight information via a custom suite of applications.