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Ottawa Airport Runway Reconstruction

Design and construction inspection of 3,048m Runway 14-32 reconstruction project including structural, civil, and electrical disciplines.


Client: Ottawa International Airport Authority

Our client’s challenge

Timely completion was essential to ensure that the longest runway at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport would be back in service before inclement weather conditions began. The project encompassed:

  • Reconstruction of the 3048-metre long by 60m wide Runway 14-32, and rehabilitation and improvements of all drainage and airfield electrical infrastructures for Runway 14-32 and associated taxiways
  • Design and construction inspection for Runway 14-32 Reconstruction Project, including structural, civil, and electrical tasks

Our approach

Consisting of full reconstruction of the 3,048-metre long by 60-metre wide asphalt pavement runway, in addition to the implementation of 150-metre by 300-metre Runway End Safety Areas at both runway ends, new aeronautical ground lighting and PAPI installations, a number of related runway drainage, and electrical improvements. All runway entrance/exit taxiways were reconstructed. The project involved over 200 construction workers on site working 24 hours per day and often seven days per week and included over 85,000 tonnes of asphalt placement, 400,000 tons of granular material, 10,000 gallons of paint and more than 20 kilometres of electrical cabling.   


This $30M project which lasted four months was completed on time and on budget to the client’s full satisfaction.

Runway 14-32 at Ottawa International / Reconstructed Runway 14-32 is ready to re-enter service.