The Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project
In January 2016, Mattina Mechanical Limited (MML) was subcontracted by Bouygues Building Canada to help the Nunavut Government to transform the Iqaluit International Airport into a modern airport facility. This successful project with the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships involved the construction of two new buildings: the 9,900 m2 Airport Terminal Building and the 5,200 m2 Combined Services Building.
With over 30 years of experience in the installation of hot water and steam heating as well as a wide range of plumbing system solutions in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors, MML provided the entire mechanical scope of the project. This included the participation in the design and build phases of all plumbing and HVAC systems, as well as the installation of combined heat and power units, compressed air systems, utility high pressure wash systems and fuel oil storage and distribution systems. This project was one of many LEED certified with which MML has been associated. With that, MML transformed what was once an unhealthy building into a modern, energy efficient air terminal that produces its own energy through a unique system that burns fuel oil for electricity and uses the by-product as heating for the building. With this innovative system the airport is now less susceptible to power outages in the area.
MML was also successful in maintaining local Inuit worker involvement by retaining 10% of their workforce locally to support local government initiatives. One of the challenges that MML was faced with was the logistics of transporting equipment, materials and staff to the remote location by water from Quebec and by air from Toronto. The project team also had to endure extreme weather conditions with low temperatures that went down to -35 °C. MML successfully organized and planned the logistics and warehousing to ensure that all the materials were shipped to the North within the limited summer shipping season.
On August 9th, 2017, MML delivered on time the new airport. “Everything is actually working the way it’s supposed to and we’re hoping it’s going to be a big success,” said John Hawkins, director of the Iqaluit International Airport.