Project of the year


Drawing inspiration from the surrounding prairie fields, the new 130,000-square-foot Edmonton International Airport Combined Office-Control Tower, the Top Project in Design-Commercial, is sure to leave visitors with a lasting impression.

General contractor EllisDon Construction Services Inc. collaborated with DIALOG Alberta Architecture Engineering Interior Design Planning Inc., the firm that provided integrated architectural and engineering services, to make the project a reality.

Built completely airside, construction of the eight-level structure took place between two operating gates for boarding aircraft and occurred in phases so it didn't interrupt the operations of the airport's six million passengers per year. NAV Canada Cab, which was added to the scope after the project was awarded, was designed and constructed to function independently of the rest of the facility and incorporates complex redundancies to ensure continuous operation.

The tower is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification with features such as an exterior of zinc panels and triple-glazed strip windows. The zinc sections are molded so they don't impede viewing angles and to reduce solar gain. And no two windows are the same.

Building information modelling was instrumental to the project's success.

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