Calgary International Airport – International Facilities Project

The Art of Getting There

Transit & Aviation

In 2007 DIALOG was selected as the Prime Consultant for the International Facilities Project at YYC, providing full architectural design services, full interior design services, sustainability consultants and coordination of all external sub-consultants.

The $1.67 billion facility is designed primarily for international and trans-border traffic with connections to the domestic terminal. The terminal includes a centralized multi-level check-in and pre-board screening areas, retail areas, airline lounges and a state-of-the-art baggage handling system. It is designed to handle YYC’s projected passenger growth, reaching as many as 27 million passengers by 2035.

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Calgary, AB
1,937,000 sq ft
Calgary Airport Authority
LEED® Gold certified

RJC Engineers
Arup Group
Sereca Consulting
Suehiro Architecture

DIALOG Services

Interior Design

Room for future expansion

YYC welcomes travelers from all over the world. More than 27 million passengers per year are projected to use the terminal by 2035.

Designed for the environment

The project includes over 600 geothermal wells, rainwater harvesting, daylight harvesting, high performance building envelope, and in-floor radiant heating and cooling.

Enhancing the view

Glass walls create a light and airy space while allowing passengers to see long distances both inside and outside the terminal. Use of glass assists wayfinding within the building.

Designed for comfort

Modern furniture, great views and room to spread out make YYC’s International Terminal a comfortable place to enjoy while waiting for a flight.

A space to relax

The terminal is designed to offer travelers a number of spaces to read, relax and enjoy the start of their journey.

Enhanced retail experience

More than fifty new restaurant and retail locations were created in the new terminal. A mix of international and local vendors offer passengers a wide variety of choices.

Fully automated baggage

North America’s first CrisBag system can handle four thousand bags per hour through a 100% tracked RFID tote tray design. The system is designed to handle expansion.

Efficient movement

Efficiency is a primary goal of airport design. DIALOG’s design allows a seamless experience for passengers from check in through to immigration and customs clearance areas.

Local flavour

Use of local materials, such as Rundlestone, evoke the Rocky Mountains. The first and last impressions of the terminal are unforgettable and rooted in the local landscape.

The Team

“At the highest level, the aspiration was to design a facility that could be perceived on the world stage as a significant air terminal building”

Rob Adamson, Principal
Apron and gates

An early sketch imagines a design for the airside pier and gates.


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