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Winnipeg International Airport: Has sustainable design enhanced performance?

May 29, 2013

UPDATE: A recording of the event is now available below. Please take a moment to register before viewing.

airportJoin Red River College for an intimate look at the mechanical design and performance report behind one of Winnipeg’s newest and most stunning buildings, the Winnipeg James Richardson International Airport.
Opened in October 2011, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport terminal building has proven to be a high-performing, energy-efficient facility. Enjoy a description of the building systems and design intents supplemented with a report on performance. Russell Lavitt, P.Eng. of SMS Engineering Ltd, will present on the iconic airport facility and its systems. Among the topics to be covered, Russell will explore how SMS Engineering:

  • Tackled the challenge of efficiently heating and cooling a 51,000-square-metre structure enveloped by over 500 linear metres of glass.
  • Designed an air-ventilation system that services only zones where people are present, leaving the remaining three-storey-high space alone.
  • Powered the building with an on-site dual diesel-electric generation system that seamlessly transfers to back up power.
  • Designed lighting to complement an abundance of natural light, while emphasizing the building’s architectural features.

Event details
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Green Lecture Theatre (GM-43) | RRC Notre Dame Campus | 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
ATTEND IN PERSON: click here to register. A light lunch will be served.
LIVE STREAMING AVAILABLE: For those who can’t attend in person, a live-streaming option is available: click here to register.
There is no cost to access this seminar, thanks to support from RRC’s Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group.
RL_1Russell Lavitt, P.Eng. of SMS Engineering Ltd is the Mechanical Engineer of Record for the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport terminal building and has been involved mechanical engineering for buildings for over 20 years. Russell is well versed in the design and construction of facilities large and small. In addition to the airport redevelopment, he has been been involved with the University of Winnipeg Richardson College for the Environment, and the Investors Group Field (Winnipeg Stadium) project. Russell is currently working on the Winnipeg Convention Centre Expansion project.