Calgary International Airport Runway Development Project

Calgary Airport Authority | Canada | 2009–2015

6.5 million m3
of earthworks

LED inset and edge lights and 160 guidance signs

First airfield
to use all LED lighting fixtures


  • Calgary International Airport required geometric planning, environmental assessment, design, construction, and commissioning of a new Category IIIa, (4,270 m) parallel runway and dual parallel taxiway system as part of the runway development program.
  • The new Runway 17L-35R will help manage the increasing air traffic demand due to tourism, business travel, and trade in the Calgary area.
  • The runway project is being implemented concurrently with other associated airport infrastructure projects, including a new air traffic control tower; a new (620 m) long, six-lane roadway tunnel; and the new 22-gate international/transborder terminal expansion.


  • Led engineering and design management as a part of the runway program management team. Monitored the detailed design consultant and assisted in selection of construction manager.
  • Coordinated runway construction and commissioning with the Calgary Airport Authority, NAV Canada, and Transport Canada.
  • Designed utility relocations for runway and taxiway; services and utilities for new electric center and underpass; grading, excavating, and filling new runway and terminals; and a new stormwater management system supporting aircraft deicing.
  • Completed emergency response service planning studies, estimating new rescue and firefighting response times and the need for new, upgraded rescue and firefighting equipment and facilities.


  • Work completed concurrently with other airport infrastructure work
  • A new air traffic control tower
  • A new 620 m long, six-lane roadway tunnel
  • A new 22-gate international/transborder terminal expansion

Project numbers

1 million m2 of concrete pavement
14,000 ft of new parallel and dual parallel taxiway system

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