Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Another recognition for Calgary’s Airport Trail Tunnel

The Airport Trail Tunnel under the new runway at the Calgary International Airport received a national engineering award recently in recognition of the outstanding work by the many firms and individuals involved in this project.

On October 23, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer (CCE) Magazine honoured the Airport Trail Tunnel, and the Calgary Airport Authority’s new runway, with an Award of Excellence in the Transportation category.

Specific recognition was given to consultant groups CH2M and Associated Engineering for their involvement and leadership in these two projects. This year’s awards committee evaluated a total of 64 project submissions from across Canada.

The Airport Trail tunnel is a critical piece of infrastructure that connects people, goods, and services locally, regionally, and globally, and serves as a vital east-west corridor for Calgary that benefits all Calgarians. The six-lane, 620 metre-long cast-in-place concrete structure is located beneath the new runway, designed to withstand aircraft landings, and boasts world-leading fire and ventilation systems.

Part of the Airport Trail Tunnel project team prior to opening
The completion of these projects is an outstanding example to the engineering excellence, innovation, and successful collaboration between the City of Calgary, Calgary Airport Authority, the consultant team, and contractors.

Duane Delaney, The City’s Manager of Major Roads Projects in Transportation Infrastructure, said this award is a direct reflection of the outstanding job done by the project managers and crews in working together to complete these complex projects and in meeting the many tight deadlines.

Some of the achievements noted by the judges included:
  • Completion of tunnel sections at set times so that the runway and taxiways above could be built within their tight construction schedule
  • An innovative formwork system mounted on rails was used to meet the fast-track schedule
  • To suit the Calgary climate, a custom concrete mix was developed that could be placed quickly and not affected by the freeze-thaw cycle
  • An advanced model was developed to manage 8.1 million cubic metres of earthworks and to maximize the use of on-site materials.

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