YYC is Connected to Construction Safety

October 14, 2016   |  
October 13, 2016

(Calgary, AB) - The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) has awarded The Calgary Airport Authority its ‘Special Project Award’ for its strategic implementation of safety initiatives in the new Connections Corridor at YYC Calgary International Airport. The accolade recognizes the focus on safety planning included in the development of the Corridor, the advancement the project has made in the construction industry and the precedent it will set for projects of similar complexity in the future.

The Connections Corridor is key to the airport’s strategy to better link its connecting passengers once the new terminal opens later this month as it will connect the existing, soon-to-be, Domestic Terminal to YYC’s new International Terminal. The Authority wanted to meet four core concepts which included maintaining its schedule, coming in on budget and ensuring there were no operational disruptions to the major international airport which needed to maintain its 24/7 operations during construction. Lastly, but most importantly, the organization wanted to ensure that safety was at the forefront. In order to do this, the Authority took a hands-on approach with the prime contractor. This meant working together to ensure that concerns and operational challenges could be dealt with as a team.
“Connecting YYC’s ambitious new International Terminal to its existing facility was a distinctive and rather complicated project as we needed to maintain full operation of our airport facilities while constructing a new façade to the exterior of our existing terminal building,” said Marco Mejia, Vice-President of Planning and Engineering for The Calgary Airport Authority. “The safety of our passengers and project teams is always our number one priority, so the Authority developed a unique and collaborative approach, working with prime contractor EllisDon, to ensure our leading safety standards were top of mind for all involved in this key project.”

The over 600-metre Corridor includes three modes of transportation for passengers moving through the expanded terminal facilities: allowing passengers to walk, use moving walkways or take the YYC LINK passenger shuttle, a custom designed, Canadian-built passenger transit system. The Corridor, along with YYC’s industry-leading connection processes, will better serve the millions of passengers that visit the airport each year. These new processes will allow passengers to connect easily from international, transborder and domestic flights, while remaining post-security and without having to pick up and recheck their bags. 
The CSSE's Recognition of Excellence awards program provides the opportunity to recognize and celebrate excellence in health and safety, whether it is for a special project, an outstanding achievement or a lifelong commitment to the betterment of the health and safety profession at the chapter, regional and national levels.


The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the management, maintenance and development of YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada’s longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.

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