Airport Authority Announces Plans to Build Combined Services Complex New Structure to House Fire Hall and Maintenance Facility

Halifax, N.S. – Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) today announced that it will build a new combined services complex to house its fire hall and maintenance facility.

The $24 million complex will combine HIAA’s emergency response services (ERS) and maintenance functions. It will replace the current fire hall, built in 1981, and the airport’s original maintenance garage, which has been in operation since 1960.

“This facility will be a significant addition to our airside infrastructure, providing a modern and efficient workplace that will hold almost 40 per cent of our personnel,” says Tom Ruth, HIAA President & CEO. “It was identified in our 20-year Master Plan in 2004 and we are delighted to be moving forward on this project,” he says.

The 6,000 square metre complex will be energy efficient and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications, the highest standard in green building design as recognized by the Canadian Green Building Council. Its airside location will allow for optimal emergency response, meeting both Transport Canada and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for response times.

“Following extensive consultation with our ERS and maintenance staff, we believe we will have a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable, efficiency-focused facility,” says Paul Baxter, HIAA Vice President Operations. “Having these two groups together operating in the same building will be cost effective, allowing us to take advantage of shared equipment and services,” he says.

The first phase of construction will begin immediately, with environmental remediation work. The entire project will take approximately one year to complete, with an expected opening in the fall of 2009.

Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is Atlantic Canada’s gateway to the world. It is the region’s principal full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients with access to markets across the country, the United States and Europe, and the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer U.S. preclearance, and Canada Customs services on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis. The Airport welcomes almost 3.5 million passengers annually, and is an internationally recognized leader in customer service, having received first place awards in the global Airport Service Quality program for the past five years.