Arctic Infrastructure Partners consortium has signed a C$330m ($318.64m) contract to improve Iqaluit International Airport in Nunavut, Canada.
The consortium includes Bouygues Building Canada, a subsidiary of French multinational construction firm Bouygues Construction, Sintra, a subsidiary of road construction firm ColasCanada, investment banking firm InfraRed Capital Partners and the Winnipeg Airports Authority.
The public-private partnership involves the financing, design and construction of a 10,000m² terminal and a 4,500m² combined services building.
The contract also includes the extension and refurbishment of runways and parking areas covering 400,000m².
Arctic Infrastructure Projects will operate and maintain the facility for a period of 34 years through a public-private partnership with the Government of Nunavut.
The project will increase the capacity of Iqaluit Airport, which plays a key role for both civil and military aviation, as air travel is the only form of transport that operates throughout the year.
It will cater to Nunavut, a territory that includes most of Canada's arctic islands and does not have a road network to link its 25 communities.
The project, which will be highly energy efficient, will combine heat and power production, and is aiming at LEED Silver certification.
The construction work, involving 140 employees active onsite at peak periods, will begin in spring 2014, with handover scheduled for December 2017.
The new terminal will be three times the size of the old terminal, which will stay in place and continue to house administrative offices.
Bouygues Bâtiment International chairman and CEO Olivier-Marie Racine said that Bouygues Construction is entering a new stage of its development in North America, with its first airport project on the continent.
"Our expertise in constructing airport infrastructures and in managing complex projects will enable us to meet the challenges relating to this contract, particularly the logistical ones," Racine added.
ColasCanada president Jacques Michel said that ColasCanada has shown its know-how in constructing airport infrastructures under extremely challenging logistical and meteorological conditions.
"In particular, ColasCanada has carried out works at Hay River and Yellowknife airports in the Northwest Territories," Michel added.
"We will therefore be able to employ our Colas techniques, which have proved themselves on major projects."
Image: The expansion of Iqaluit International Airport involves the construction of a 10,000m² terminal and a 4,500m² combined services building. Photo: courtesy of Sebastian Kasten.