• Edmonton, AB
  • Edmonton Airports
  • 8,410 sq m
  • 90,525 sq ft
  • LEED® Gold certified
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  • Suehiro Architecture
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Inspired by the unimpeded Alberta wind, the Edmonton International Airport's combined office and control tower is as functional as it is beautiful. Designed to fit naturally within high grass and blowing snow in the surrounding prairie fields, the striking tower is a landmark for the capital region. The addition to the airport's existing structure adds new office space, a new airport control tower, and expanded retail and hospitality for air travelers.

edmonton international airport office and control tower process illustration

Behind the Design 01

The sculptural image of prairie grasses moving from the unimpeded wind blowing in from the west provided the design inspiration. Add to this the natural formations of frozen motion encapsulated in windblown snow drifts or in the erosion of hoodoos, and the concept for a design symbolic of Edmonton's prairie location was born.

edmonton international airport office and control tower north south section

Behind the Design 02

The profile of the façade is designed to provide optimal passive solar shading on the south and west sides while providing maximum light penetration on the north. This passive sustainable design approach was fundamental in establishing the siting and orientation of the new combined office and control tower.

edmonton international airport office and control tower solar section

Behind the Design 03

Mechanically, all air distribution to occupied floor areas is carried through under slab ductwork. This strategy provides for a more comfortable and reliable interior climate for those that work and gather in the building. Another sustainability feature is rainwater harvesting. All roof surface run-off is collected in a cistern centrally-located within the main terminal for grey water use and distribution.

edmonton international airport office and control tower structural progress

Behind the Design 04

Limited construction access on the active side of the airport influenced the design. Continuous concrete truck access for large pours wouldn't be possible on the airside, so the post disaster building is designed wholly of structural steel with steel plate shear walls.


2014 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award (100,000 - 249,000 sq ft Category), BOMA Edmonton

2015 Award of Excellence – Transportation, Canadian Consulting Engineering

2012 Top Project Awards – Design Commercial, Alberta Construction Magazine

2015 Award of Excellence – Engineering, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)

2012 Award of Excellence: Building Engineering, Consulting Engineers of Alberta