Green Terminal Rises On Manitoba Prairie

Canada’s greenest airport terminal? According to Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, that’s the new terminal it designed in conjunction with Stantec for the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. The terminal is expected to become the first such freestanding building in Canada to gain LEED certification.

The building, which draws design inspiration from “Manitoba’s vast prairies and sky,” is long and low with a silver roof. Skylights, an atrium and windows fill the terminal with natural daylighting, allowing passengers to see through the building, across the prairie and into downtown Winnipeg. Inside, “billowing” wood ceilings and wood-paneled walls create a warm, inviting environment.

Winnipeg green terminal

image via Pelli Clarke Pelli

Green features of the terminal include radiant, in-floor heating; a heat recovery system; a boiler rated 95 percent efficient; and a tight building envelope with solar shading (sun shades and etched glass), resulting in a building that beats Canada’s Model National Energy Code for Buildings by 25 percent. Outdoor landscaping consists of native, drought-resistant plants, organically managed; stormwater is retained and treated on-site.

Barry Rempel, president & CEO of the Winnipeg Airports Authority, said, in a statement: “More than a place to transport people and products, the new terminal truly reflects the spirit of the community.” In addition to the new terminal, Pelli Clarke Pelli’s work includes the airport’s redevelopment master plan and the design of an airport parking garage.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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