Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

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Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Terminal Building and Parkade
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2011

A major component of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport’s redevelopment, the two-level terminal, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, in collaboration with Stantec, includes 22-gates for international flights and a four level parking garage with spaces for 1,600 vehicles. The design, which makes great advances in environmentally sustainably for airports, emphasizes the Manitoba prairie and sky, providing sweeping views and effortless navigation for travelers.

From the exterior, the terminal’s horizontal profile is consistent with the landscape, its long low form accentuated by the deep overhang of the floating aluminum roof. The shape will allow travelers to see through the terminal and across the prairie to downtown Winnipeg. In addition to providing scenic views, this transparency serves a practical function. Travelers will be able to see through to the planes as soon as they enter the terminal, making it easy for them to find their way. A consolidated check-in counter and a single security check-point further allow travelers to complete their trip easily.

Skylights, an atrium at the main entrance, clerestory windows emphasize the sky and fill the terminal with light. Glass bridges add to the feeling of openness. The interior is imbued with warmth by the use of wood, its color suggesting Manitoba wheat fields. There is a pillowing ceiling of wood slats, as well as wood-paneled walls.

Designed with environmentally sustainable features, the terminal will make Winnipeg International the first free standing airport in Canada and the second in North America to be LEED certified. Extensive use of natural light helps to reduce the building’s energy consumption. Overall, the building will be 25 percent more efficient that the Model National Energy Code for New Buildings, making it qualify for the Commercial Buildings Incentive Program. Other features include low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water and more than 15 percent of the construction materials will contain recycled content.

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