Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Terminal

Winnipeg, MB, Canada


There’s a great saying about first impressions. You only get one chance to make them. The dated James Richardson International Airport Terminal was in need of a 21st century facelift.

Working with Stantec Architecture on the $500 million dollar project, SMS focused on an energy efficient design as the key to the Terminal Building’s foundation. These features included radiant in-floor heating/cooling systems, cascaded heat recovery systems and variable speed fans and pump motors. A computerized daylighting/glare study was also conducted, and its findings were integrated into the design of the lighting control system as well as the glazing and perimeter radiant in-slab heating/cooling systems. Innovative Direct Digital Controls carry out demand management, controlling passenger boarding bridges, mechanical systems and the baggage handling system.

Because of these energy efficient accomplishments, the 500,000 square-foot Winnipeg International Airport Terminal Building is the first of its kind in Canada to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The new terminal building project is part of the larger Airport Site Redevelopment Project that also features SMS designed components, including a new terminal parkade, bus terminal and central utility plant.

For our work on this project, SMS Engineering received the 2013 ACEC Keystone Award.