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Ottawa Int'l Airport - De-Icing Apron Reconstruction & Lighting Upgrades

Breaking the ice

  • $27M

    Project Value

  • Ottawa, Ontario

    Ottawa, Ontario

Helping an airport increase the safety and efficiency of their de-icing apron

Ice is a hazard when it comes to air travel, and we’re not talking about icy runways. During flight, ice can build up on airplane wings and control surfaces. When air can’t flow smoothly over a wing, the wing has a harder time generating lift—and that may lead to a catastrophe.

The Airport Authority brought us in to cover a number of services: airfield civil, electrical, and geotechnical and pavement engineering. We also handled project management and construction services.

As part of this rehabilitation, the surface was re-graded, with slopes on the apron designed to prevent water accumulation. Additional glycol containment slot drains were installed to improve glycol containment and reduce environmental contamination. The pavement strength was increased to regulatory standards allowing all sizes of plane to enter any lane.

We added floodlighting and inset lighting and also upgraded the underground electrical infrastructure to reduce a shadow effect while planes were being de-iced. The specialized inset lighting helps pilots navigate the area, and message boards further help direct planes to the appropriate lane and stage of de-icing.

These upgrades improve efficiency on the de-icing apron, making it safer and more efficient.

At a Glance

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Meet Our Team

Leigh Bartlett, Associate, Transportation

Stantec is like my interests: diverse. My work brings me into contact with wide-ranging expertise–the key to making it all work is communication and flexibility.
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Maurice Best, Senior Associate, Transportation

I focus on forging long-term relationships within the aviation community by providing superior customer value and performance.
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Dave Dargie, Vice President, Sector Leader, Airports (Infrastructure)

It’s my job to collaborate with owners and operators to design safe and efficient airports to enhance our air travel experience.
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Paul R. Walkington, Principal, Buildings Engineering

I work at the intersection of our clients, contractors, government agencies, and consultants – fostering collaboration, efficiency, and profitability.
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  • Leigh Bartlett

    Associate, Transportation

  • Maurice Best

    Senior Associate, Transportation

  • Dave Dargie

    Vice President, Sector Leader, Airports (Infrastructure)

  • Paul R. Walkington

    Principal, Buildings Engineering

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