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New Winnipeg airport terminal opening delayed

A new terminal at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport was due to open later this year, b...


Baggage hall at the new terminal under construction in Winnipeg. Note the many skylights above.
Baggage hall at the new terminal under construction in Winnipeg. Note the many skylights above.

A new terminal at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport was due to open later this year, but completion has been postponed. However, one person — Queen Elizabeth II — has already taken advantage of the new facilities. The Queen arrived there on July 3 during her royal visit, even though the building is still under construction.
Located northeast of the existing terminal, the $585-million, 51,000-sq. m complex is on two-levels and is built as a series of “luminous pavilions.” It has a large swooping roof that cantilevers almost 14 metres past the ends of the building’s north face where it looks over the air field.
The air terminal is the first in Canada to be officially proceeding through LEED certification. Its sustainable features include a high-performance building envelope, and the use of displacement air ventilation. The wide overhanging roof provides shade, thereby reducing solar gain (requiring less energy to cool the interior spaces). Wood ceilings are used in the departures hall, and large skylights bring natural light into the inner reaches of the building, including over the baggage claim area.
The design team includes Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Stantec Architecture, MMM, AECOM and Arup-Napa. The program management team and support includes Parsons, Wardrop Engineering, Hanscomb, TRH and Leber-Rubes.
The original terminal will be demolished once the new terminal is open and operating.