SEMCO Structural Panels Keep Construction Project on Fast Track at Calgary Airport

  • Friday, September 2, 2011

    Calgary International Airport has experienced some significant growing pains over the last decade. Unfortunately, construction budgets have not always kept pace with increasing passenger volumes, forcing the airport to look toward temporary solutions to meet a growing demand.  One such solution, a temporary gate facility built to deal with the onslaught of passenger traffic, was beginning to deteriorate, leaving the airport in need of fast yet reliable solution.

    In late 2010 Calgary began the search for another “temporary” solution for Concourse A, Gates 1-10. But the words “airport” and “temporary” don’t easily meld.  Structurally speaking, airports must meet high standards in terms of durability, acoustic protection, fire safety, and, of course, occupant comfort.
    ATCO Structures & Logistics (ASL), an international company specializing in modular


    “If you have tight timeline, 
    this is a really great option.”
    - Colin Martin,  ASL Project Manager

    structures and noise control solutions for a variety of applications from military to power generation, was called upon to design and deliver a replacement structure for Gates 1-10. Although experienced in airport construction, conventional construction methods challenged ASL in ways that threatened the airport’s timeline for the project. They turned to SEMCO for help.

    Fast AND Cost Effective

    ASL commissioned SEMCO to supply 57,000 sq. ft. of their unique modular tongue and groove panels with which they would build the new passenger area and walkway for Gates 1-10. The 6” thick non- combustible panels met stringent structural, acoustic and thermal requirements  as well as applicable building code.  Equally important, they had to be delivered in time for ASL to complete the first phase of the project in 3 months and the second phase just 2 months later.

    The panels and trim, complete with factory applied and architecturally textured powder coat finish were shipped to the jobsite in carefully planned 4-day intervals to keep construction on track without material building up.
    Working closely with SEMCO’s design  team, ASL was able to deliver a finished structure to the Calgary airport almost as quickly  as the panels arrived.

    This enabled ASL to save significantly on labor, said Colin Martin,  ASL Project Manager.

    “Instead of building this structure on site, we were able to have most of the components completely finished at the factory and then quickly assembled at the site. The initial cost on material may have been a little more than standard construction, but the cost on labor made it all worthwhile.  If you have tight timeline, it is a really great option.”

    According to Martin, the newly built structure is expected to serve the airport for 5 to 10 years.