OMCIAA Airport Expansion, Phases I and II

Project Value:$405 Million


ZW was engaged by the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier Airport Authority (OMCIAA) as a specialty consultant in an overview capacity for the redevelopment of their Airport.


The Ottawa Airport Expansion, Phase I was completed in 2003; 6 months earlier than expected and under the $310M budget.

The new building consists of a three-storey terminal which was double the size of the old one, 14 new gates, more passenger processing areas, additional retail space, and an additional 1,700 parking spots in the parking garage.

The Civil Works package included surface parking modifications, an advanced civil works contract, demolition of the old Airport Terminal building, which was done in two phases, and the installation of new airside aprons, also done in two phases.

ZW provided Project Management Services to the OMCIAA Activation Team. This Team was tasked with:

  • • The turnover of the facility from the Constructor, through the commissioning stage to airport operations.
  • • Management of the Operational readiness plan.
  • • Turn-over of apron drive boarding bridges, which included scheduling of the Aircraft fit-checks, lead-in lines, aircraft docking guidance systems and all airline and airport authority staff training programs.
  • • Oversight of the parking garage construction.
  • • Monthly Status Reporting including detailed cost reporting and change management overview.
  • • Risk Management and mitigation.
  • • Demolition of the old terminal building.
  • • Ground-side taxi area.


From 2006 – 2009, $95M was approved for the Phase II expansion. This expansion was primarily for the Domestic/International hold-room, which was an area of more than 7,000m2, at the south end of the terminal. An additional 12 gates were added with 7 passenger bridges. Also included was an addition to the parking structure of another 944 parking spots. This expansion included a total of eight separate project contracts.

The following were included within ZW’s management responsibilities:

  • • Financial Status Reporting on budget, risks during Design and Construction.
  • • Value Engineering oversight of the total process and ensuring that the Airport received value for money, options and alternative investigations continued through the design phase.
  • • Construction oversight, providing recommendations and input with current operations of an operating facility at the forefront of the decision-making process.