WSP was appointed by the Ottawa International Airport Authority to provide planning, design, and construction inspection services for the reconstruction of Runway 14-32. The project included rehabilitation of and improvements to all drainage and airfield electrical infrastructure for the runway and associated taxiways.
Complete Rehabilitation Within a Tight Timeframe
Ottawa International Airport Authority took advantage of a needed runway resurfacing project to reconstruct its longest runway, associated entrance and exit taxiways, and to implement many related infrastructure enhancements.
The project included:
- full-depth reconstruction of 3,048 metre x 60 metre Runway 14-32 and six associated taxiways;
- realignment of taxiways to improve operational efficiency and reduce runway occupancy time;
- replacement of the existing deteriorated drainage and airfield electrical infrastructure;
- safety-related infrastructure enhancements, including runway end safety areas (RESA) to reduce the risk of damage to aircraft overrunning or undershooting the runway;
- a profile reconstruction of the runway to improve drainage and reduce the risk of water accumulation on the runway;
- chamfering of structures within the runway graded area to reduce the risk of damage to aircraft; and
- installation of new navigational aids to provide additional visual guidance to aircraft.
Timely completion of the project was essential to ensure the airport’s longest runway was back in service before inclement weather conditions commenced. This fast-paced, four-month, CAD 30 million construction project was completed on-budget and on-time to our client’s full satisfaction.
With the client’s support, the project was nominated for both Ontario and Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards for 2014.
At its peak, the project employed over 200 construction workers on-site and involved over 85,000 tonnes of asphalt placement, 21 kilometres of electrical cabling, and 10,000 gallons of paint.