The 130,000-square-foot addition and renovation of the Saskatoon International Airport features expansion to three levels (basement, main floor, and mezzanine), as well as new spaces for administration and offices, pre-board screening, hold bag screening, incoming Customs primary processing, and the arrivals/departures secure concourse. This concourse features four new aircraft loading bridges. Through this expansion, the airport will now be able to accommodate eight bridged aircraft loading gates and two ground loading gates. The project also includes renovations to various areas of the existing Air Terminal Building.
The client’s main goal was to minimize the impact of an ongoing construction project to their passengers and the public. To accomplish this, the project team and the Saskatoon Airport Authority worked together extensively to determine the ideal layout and timeline of all temporary works, to separate the construction site from the public whenever possible, and to provide a more suitable environment when it was not possible. These temporary works included partitions, lighting and electrical, heating and ventilation, flooring, and passenger routing. PCL and the client jointly performed daily site walks to review potential impact to the airport’s many travelers, and consistently prioritized communication so that all affected parties received adequate notification when necessary shutdowns or disruptions were scheduled to occur. Through this teamwork with the client, PCL was able to perform a complex renovation and expansion to a facility that essentially operates twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, with minimal daily impact to the airport’s clientele.