Fort McMurray International Airport

Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

Type Travel, Wood
Size 160,000 SF
Awards AIBC Lieutenant Governor’s Award
Prairie Wood Design Award
North American Wood Design & Building Award
BC Wood WORKS! Jury’s Choice Award
International Interior Design Association IDC
Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award
Alberta Construction Magazine Award
Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
RAIC Governor General's Medal

The Fort McMurray International Airport acts as a gateway to the community of Fort McMurray. The new terminal building is part of a larger expansion to the airport, in response to the tremendous growth of the region, and includes a new taxiway, apron, access roads and airport hotel. The design responds to the unique challenges of this context while creating an iconic and memorable presence in the landscape and an honest architectural expression in harmony with the pioneering spirit of its locale. Most significantly, the building is exemplary through its early adoption and creative application of a Mass Timber construction system for the expansive roof that envelopes the principal public spaces. The major innovations include the manner in which the system was validated, cost analysis, technical integration, use as an expressive and didactic design element, and contribution to community identity.

This project was commenced by omb's predecessor firm McFarlane | Green | Biggar Architecture + Design.

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