Winnipeg Richardson International Airport LEEDing the way as First Canadian Airport Terminal to Achieve LEED Certification

WINNIPEG, Feb. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Winnipeg Airports Authority and Stantec Architecture proudly announce that the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the first airport terminal in Canada to become LEED certified. The airport achieved LEED Silver certification, which is beyond the category initially targeted. Looking beyond Canada, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is one of only 17 terminals in North America, and one of only 24 terminals worldwide to receive LEED certification for new construction. 

"Attaining external validation of our commitment to the principles of sustainable development is truly exciting," said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. "Working closely with Stantec, our teams delivered a beautiful, functional facility that minimized its carbon footprint. It's something that I believe our community will be able to take pride in for years to come."

"I am proud that our team, working creatively with the Winnipeg Airports Authority, has delivered a spectacular terminal that has been the very first in Canada to be LEED certified, and LEED Silver at that!" said Stanis Smith, Executive Vice President, Buildings at Stantec Architecture. "The building meets the needs and expectations of 21st century air travellers and based on the LEED energy model, it is estimated that the building will achieve a total GHG reduction of over 5,000 tonnes per year when compared to code, equivalent to taking over 1,000 cars off the road for 1 year."

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Winnipeg Airports Authority is a non-share capital corporation responsible for the management and operation of Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, a full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients access to markets across Canada, the United States, Mexico and the world. Located at the geographic centre of North America, with round-the-clock operations, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is the number one dedicated freighter airport in Canada as measured by the number of flights. The airport generates over $3.6 billion in total economic output and welcomes over 3.67 million passengers annually.

The Stantec community unites more than 15,000 specialists working in over 250 locations. We collaborate across disciplines and industries to make buildings, infrastructure, and energy and resource projects happen. One of Stantec's key markets is Airports. For more than 20 years we have provided engineering and architectural leadership to airport terminal and airport infrastructure projects, including new terminals, expansions, renovations, master plans, airside and landside civil projects. Every day, one passenger in three experiences a North American airport where we have completed a major project. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN.

Follow this link to our LEED Certification FACT SHEET 

SOURCE Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.

For further information: Breanne Talbot, Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, (204) 992-2791,; Stantec spokesperson for design team: Stanis Smith, Executive Vice President, Buildings, (778) 772-7282,; Stantec spokesperson for the LEED team: Kaeryn Gregory, Associate, Team Lead Sustainable Buildings, (204) 489-5900 ext 835,


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