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Combined Services Building, Yellowknife Airport (YZF)


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The Combined Services Building, located at the Yellowknife Airport, contains emergency and service vehicles and administrative space for airport maintenance. Working with Dowland Contracting as the design-builder, the design for the facility began in 2008 with construction underway in the summer of 2009. The building was turned over in February 2011.

The secure facility gives emergency and service vehicles immediate access to the runways. The design incorporated drive-through vehicle bays which removed the need for vehicles to back up. An Alarm-Room on the airside provides an 180o view of the runway infield. Eleven vehicle bays provide space for fire fighting vehicles, service vehicle maintenance and parking. The administrative area provides office spaces for fire fighters, maintenance and vehicle operators.

Exterior windows were constructed to allow for fresh air in the offices and fully glazed polycarbonate overhead doors provide daylight penetration deep into the service bays. Energy efficient, low energy consumption mechanical and electrical systems, lighting and controls were incorporated as well as mechanical ventilation systems with heat recovery capability. Provision was made for a bio-mass boiler at a future date.

Project Team:

Design – Builder: Dowland Contracting Ltd.

Architects: PSAV Architects Ltd.

Structural Engineers: Williams Engineering Canada Inc.

Mechanical Engineers: Williams Engineering Canada Inc

Electrical Engineers: Williams Engineering Canada Inc.

Geotechnical Engineers: EBA Engineering Ltd