Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Expansion

Services Offered

  • Architectural
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Civil
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Value: $310M
  • Client: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority
  • JLR Contact: Steve Parenteau

Project Details

On October 12, 2003, the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority welcomed passengers into its new home – on budget and six months ahead of schedule. The $310 million expansion program included a $195 million, 3-storey, 70,000 m² open concept passenger  terminal building; a 2,400 car, $28 million user-friendly parking structure; $40 million worth of improvements to airside aprons and taxiways; and extensive new roads and parking areas.

The Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) includes 15 new gates as well as an elevated link to the existing terminal building hold rooms and gates until Phase 2 of the program can be instituted. The PTB is also linked to the parking garage via two climate controlled bridges at the second level of the terminal to avoid pedestrian / automobile interference to the greatest extent possible.

The PTB boasts state-of-the-art systems for passenger boarding bridges, baggage handling / screening, information technology, passenger processing and security / access control. The 30-month construction period involved almost 2 million person hours of work without a single “lost time” accident. The Airport Expansion represents the largest construction project in Ottawa in decades and was financed entirely by the Airport Improvement Fee with no government subsidies or grants.

J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, along with our partners, Marshall Macklin Monaghan of Toronto, provided project management services for the entire program as well as peer reviews and design assistance for the airline fit-ups, baggage handling and IT systems, passenger boarding bridges and other key project linkages through a joint venture known as MRM Project Managers. This project delivered an exciting and valuable addition to the economic and social fabric of the National Capital region.