The Calgary Airport Authority announced the commencement of Phase 1 construction for its West Runway Rehabilitation project, with a groundbreaking ceremony.

As the construction season begins, The Authority has launched the approximately $200 million project to completely overhaul and replace the aging runway, making significant regulatory, safety and environmental upgrades, including:

  • Recycling 80 per cent of the existing runway materials, including asphalt, concrete and gravel.
  • Upgrading existing electrical fixtures to LED.
  • Future proofing for climate resilience with upgrades to storm infrastructure beneath the runway.
  • Incorporating carbon entrapment technology in the concrete used.
  • Adding Runway End Safety Areas to comply with regulatory requirements.

In support of the project, the Government of Canada is providing $57.5 million through the federal Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, with the remaining $142.5 million being fully funded by The Authority.

“This project is just one of many we’re undertaking to ensure we are continuing to meet the needs of the people of this region and serving as an economic driver both today and for decades to come,” remarked Chris Dinsdale, president and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “With the support of the Government of Canada, today’s announcement marks the beginning of a significant investment in both our airport and region.”

The project will create an estimated 300 construction jobs and take two construction seasons to complete. Through the process, sustainability remains a core focus for The Authority, demonstrated through collaboration with various contractors and consultants, to achieve Canada’s first airport project certified under the Envision framework for sustainable infrastructure.

Earlier this year, YYC selected PCL Construction as the construction manager for the airport’s West Runway Rehabilitation project.

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Lafarge Canada also announced that the Calgary Airport Authority, in collaboration with PCL Construction,  selected Lafarge as a contractor for the project.

“We look forward to continuing our work with The Calgary Airport Authority and to be entrusted with such a critical project for Calgary and its neighbouring regions. Our focus remains on meeting the evolving needs of future generations while prioritizing community well-being and safety throughout the entire process.” said Brad Kohl, president and CEO of Lafarge Canada (West).

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