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Building the longest runway in North America

The new runway and terminal apron required 11 million square feet of concrete pavement and 8.5 million cubic yards of earthworks.


Increasing air traffic demand from tourism, business travel, and trade has been a great problem for Calgary International Airport (YYC).

The answer? A new Category IIIa, 14,000-foot (4.3-kilometer) parallel runway and dual parallel taxiway system, along with a number of other upgrades.


Mott MacDonald, as a joint venture with Hatch, served as program manager for the new runway and terminal apron comprising 11 million square feet (1 million square meters) of concrete pavement and 8.5 million cubic yards (6.5 million cubic meters) of earthworks.

Additional components of the project involved a new air traffic control tower, a new 2,050-foot (625-meter) six-lane roadway tunnel, and the new 22-gate international/transborder terminal expansion.

To expedite the process, Mott MacDonald prepared 30% preliminary designs for all new systems to fast-track the detailed design consultant selection. The team developed and facilitated design and program management workshops to assist with prompt client decision-making.


Educating the client about various alternative delivery methods allowed them to ultimately select construction management with a self-perform component for the new runway development.

LED airfield lighting was used at YYC for taxiways and runways to reduce power demand, lower maintenance costs, and significantly increase lighting fixture longevity. An earthwork management and recycle plan was developed so no materials would have to leave the site. The project reused mined rock for subgrade remediation and vehicle service road applications.

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