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Santiago International Airport Expansion

Unconventional wisdom

  • 2M

    Square Feet

  • 42

    New Boarding Bridges

  • Santiago, Chile

    Santiago, Chile

Capturing the relationship between land and sea

Stantec designed the original Santiago airport terminal over 15 years ago. Based on that experience, a strong relationship with fellow consortium member Capitel S.A., and a deep and diverse airport portfolio, we were selected for the airport’s significant expansion.

Our design concept allocated the original terminal to domestic flights, and the new terminal to international ones. The challenge was relating the new terminal to the original building in a way that would allow passengers and airline staff to connect easily between international and domestic flights. Convention dictates that airports beyond a certain size implement a shuttle service, rail link, or other device to mechanically transport passengers over these longer distances.

A temperate climate, a receptive client, and a passionate commitment to passenger experience conspired towards another solution: turn the expansion so that both entrances to the expansion and the original terminal faced each other, creating a walkable, open air plaza between the two. Combined with a highly expressive roof intended to capture the relationship between land and sea, this outdoor connection experience is sure to position the airport for success.

At a Glance

Stantec Architecture / Capitel S.A.
Santiago: Facing The Future
Meet Our Team

Cecilia Einarson, Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals)

Architecture transforms chaos into order, allowing us to positively shape the future of our cities and communities.
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Lanny Flynn, Principal, Buildings Engineering

I particularly enjoy working with owners and architects at the beginning of a project; that is when the most creative structural solutions are born.
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Janet Harvey, Consultant

The conveying industry is fascinating because it’s continually developing and moving forward.

Kent Goodwin, Principal, Architecture

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle
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Eleonore Leclerc, Associate, Architect

Seeking out the challenges of projects deepens our understanding of architecture and creates better spaces for the community.
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Monica Olmos, Lighting Designer

Light is a building material. Just as building materials give shape, light reveals form, scale, and evokes emotional response.

Stanis Smith, Executive Vice President, Creativity & Innovation

Vancouver Airport is one of my favorite projects—it represents a successful client relationship spanning more than 20 years.
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  • Cecilia Einarson

    Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals)

  • Lanny  Flynn

    Principal, Buildings Engineering

  • Janet Harvey


  • Kent Goodwin

    Principal, Architecture

  • Eleonore  Leclerc

    Associate, Architect

  • Monica Olmos

    Lighting Designer

  • Stanis Smith

    Executive Vice President, Creativity & Innovation

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