Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Edmonton Airport Combined Offices and Control Tower in Alberta, Canada by DIALOG
January 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: DIALOG
The Combined Office/Control Tower project was an integral part of the Edmonton International Airport’s expansion 2012 program, responding to increasing ridership and the pressure it had placed on the existing infrastructure and buildings. As Canada’s fastest growing major airport, the expansion ensures that the airport keeps pace with the Alberta Capital Region’s economic development.
The design vision for the Tower project is to create a memorable first and last impression for Edmonton; one that expresses its sense of place and its people. In addition, the design is intended to respond to the growing operational needs of the International Airport as well as offer enhanced benefits to travelers and airport tenants. There is an emphasis on producing an environment that is easy to navigate for passenger comfort, environmentally responsible, economically viable, and responsive to all aviation, passenger and airport staff requirements. Specifically the design seeks to better connect and engage passengers with views to air side operations, to minimize the impact of increasing ridership on terminal operations, and to provide a healthy indoor environment for travelers and staff through a response that is sustainable.
The combined tower houses a new cutting edge NAV Canada air traffic control tower, an expanded retail precinct, and provides new administrative offices. Additional functional objectives include the provision of improved air side ground operations, the creation of a central baggage area, and the development of a key nodal area to improve passenger and baggage flow.
The sculptural cladding incorporated in the design of the tower is far more than a aesthetic overlay. The profile of the exterior zinc cladding has been designed to provide optimal passive solar shading on the south and west facades while providing maximum light penetration on the north.
The design for this tower is unique in that it incorporates construction strategies for a post disaster building. The building is designed wholely of structural steel, complete with steel plate shear walls. The reason that concrete was not utilized in the design of these shear walls was in recognition that continuous concrete truck access to accommodate large pours would be prohibitive on the air side of an airport.