Edmonton International Airport receives two environmental LEED® GOLD certifications

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification for the South Terminal Domestic/International/Transborder Expansion and LEED® Gold certification for the new Combined Office Tower (Central Tower) . LEED® is a certification achieved through independent review of design, construction, operation and maintenance practices, which is used by 150 countries and is also recognized by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Terminal LEED® Gold Certification

Stantec designed the South Terminal expansion and worked with EIA to achieve one of the airport’s core values – sustainability. This is the first LEED® Gold certification for an airport terminal in Canada.

“Congratulations to Edmonton International Airport on certifying its new terminal to LEED® Gold,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “This certification represents a significant improvement in environmental performance along with a healthier indoor environment for staff and travellers. Arriving at one of the greenest terminals in Canada sets the right tone for both domestic and international travellers, reflecting the City of Edmonton’s commitment to sustainability. I hope to see more of Canada’s major transportation hubs following Edmonton’s lead and commit to greening their facilities through LEED® in the future.”

Completed in 2012, the EIA terminal building expansion created maximum system flexibility to accommodate evolving airport requirements while achieving LEED® Gold certification. Many measures were incorporated, including such sustainable innovations as rain water storage cisterns, solar water heating, sensor controlled general lighting, wood structural components in the form of king post trusses, displacement ventilation and the first living wall in an airport terminal building.

LEED® Certification includes innovative communication of sustainability to staff and the public. With this in mind, EIA will be commencing an online competition for Edmontonians to win places on sustainability tours, giving an inside look at all the green building features at EIA, including areas not open to the travelling public http://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/LEED.

“We are very proud to have been certified and grateful to all the members of the team who helped us to achieve certification for our terminal expansion and Central Tower. EIA has committed to being environmentally and socially responsible while meeting the Edmonton Region’s growing need for air service. In particular, energy conservation is one area in which we have focused by employing new technologies for lighting and heating the buildings as we expand,” says Steve Rumley, EIA Vice President, Infrastructure.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED® is a building certification process designed to encourage the design and construction of sustainable, energy-efficient and water-conserving buildings. In Canada, green building awards and LEED® certification recognition are sponsored by the CaGBC, a not-for-profit, national organization advancing green building and sustainable community development practices.

Stantec’s integrated design approach was led by architects from Vancouver and Edmonton, and included structural, mechanical and electrical engineers. This vision also included fabrications teams from structural steel, curtain wall, mechanical and electrical systems in an effort to reduce time, energy and paper during design and construction.

PCL managed construction of the 446,000-square-foot terminal expansion, achieving 96 per cent construction waste diversion, more than16 per cent recycled content, and all other construction related credits identified within the LEED® scorecard.

Tower LEED® Gold Certification

Designed by DIALOG and inspired by the unimpeded Alberta wind, EIA’s Central Tower is as functional as it is beautiful. The use of sculptural zinc cladding, as well as optimal solar orientation, allows maximum natural daylight in the winter and shading in the summer. Other green features in the building include rainwater harvesting and under floor air distribution.
EIA’s new Central Tower was constructed by EllisDon. This new building consists of 130,000 square feet of space constructed to LEED® Canada NC 1.0 Gold level. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certifications takes into account the location, design, efficiencies and construction techniques of a building.
The building’s design also incorporates energy and water savings technologies and techniques, reducing operational costs in perpetuity for the life of the building. The EllisDon Construction Team utilized both local and recycled materials in the construction of the building, stimulating both local manufactures and recycling programs. Throughout the construction process, over 75 per cent of the construction waste was diverted to recycling facilities instead of the landfill.

 

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ABOUT EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Edmonton International Airport is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation whose mandate is to drive economic prosperity for the Edmonton Metro Region. EIA is responsible for 12,600 direct and indirect jobs and has an economic impact of over $2.2 billion. EIA is Canada’s fastest-growing major airport over the last 10 years, serving nearly eight million passengers in 2015. It is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. International travel is currently EIA’s fastest-growing passenger segment, increasing by 14.5 percent in 2015. EIA offers non-stop connections to 60 destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. For more information, visit www.flyeia.com.

ABOUT STANTEC

We're active members of the communities we serve. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. The Stantec community unites more than 15,000 employees working in over 250 locations. Our work, professional consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics, begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.
Stantec’s Stanis Smith, executive vice president, and leader of Stantec’s Airport Group says, “We are thrilled that our creative approach to the Terminal Building expansion with EIA has resulted in the first LEED® Gold airport terminal in Canada. The terminal goes beyond meeting the needs of passengers, and provides a healthy, stress reducing environment with lots of natural sunlight and unique features including the first major Living Wall in any airport terminal worldwide.”

About PCL Construction

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centres. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $7 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.
“PCL is proud of our work at EIA and is excited to hear that the expansion has been certified as the first LEED® Gold airport terminal in the country,” says Alan Kuysters, vice president and district manager for PCL Construction Management Inc. “One of the highlights, and contributing factors towards LEED® certification, was the indoor living wall. Our team took this challenging part of the project and provided a successful solution to complete it.”

About DIALOG

DIALOG includes urban designers and planners, architects and interior designers, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, and landscape architects. We practise across Canada and beyond from studios in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. Our work includes design for urban vibrancy, health and wellness, transportation, arts and culture, retail and commercial, residential, education and research, as well as mixed use solutions incorporating an increasing number of these. DIALOG has been designing positive change in communities since 1960. Although our work has attracted many awards over this span, we consider a project truly successful when it is embraced by its community.
“DIALOG utilized an integrated design process to secure LEED® Gold Certification for EIA’s new Combined Office Tower. This impressive result required careful consideration to tie-ins with existing airport areas, as well as the unique NAV Canada requirements for the Control Tower portion of the project,” says Stephen Boyd, Architect and Principal, Dialog Design.

About EllisDon

EllisDon is a global construction services company, with approximately 2,500 employees, that completes over $3.3 billion in new construction work annually. Incorporated in 1951, EllisDon boasts several offices, and a strong presence, across North America, the Middle East, and now South America. As one of the most active P3/AFP developers in Canada, EllisDon has significant experience in infrastructure development, and is skilled in the delivery of design, build, financing, and operations and maintenance of Canadian P3 projects since 2003. EllisDon has successfully completed some of the most complex and difficult projects in Canada and approaches new projects with innovative solutions.
“The construction of a LEED® Gold building requires a team effort from the owners, designers, contractor and all the workers. This accomplishment reflects the successes of all the participants and the high quality of work that went into completing this project.” Michael Kazda, VP and Edmonton Area Manager, EllisDon Construction Services Inc.

“EllisDon is committed to excellence in high-performance building design. We are striving to lead the market with innovative cleantech solutions that will support a shift towards a low carbon economy for Canada. LEED® certification is an important step in this process and the Edmonton International Airport is an excellent example of what can be accomplished through collaboration”. Andrew Bowerbank, Director, Sustainable Building Services, EllisDon Corporation

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First LEED® Gold certification for an airport terminal in Canada
Contact Name: 
Chelsey Quirk
Contact Title: 
EIA Communications
Phone Number: 
780 903 6358
Email: 
cquirk@flyeia.com