HOK to design transit center and processing facility for Toronto Pearson Airport

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The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has engaged architectural firm HOK to design a regional transit center and passenger processing facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Ontario. The GTAA estimates the first phase of the new facility could be in place by the mid-2020s.

In its most recent draft masterplan, the GTAA forecasts that Toronto Pearson will grow from 47 million to handle as many as 85 million passengers annually by 2037. The new processing facility will help to support this growth and the regional transit center will support the region’s need for better transit connectivity.

Howard Eng, president and CEO, GTAA, said, “The success of Toronto Pearson as one of the world’s most significant international airports is a testament to the success of Canada and the Toronto region. We’re pleased to be working with HOK on the design for a new airport passenger-processing facility that will enhance passenger experience. This new facility will not only help to welcome visitors from all over the world to Canada, it will also seamlessly connect them to towns and cities throughout southern Ontario.”

Robert Chicas, director of aviation and transportation at HOK, added, “The Toronto Pearson regional transit center represents the marriage of aviation and ground transit. We look forward to collaborating closely with the GTAA to develop this new vision for a seamless link between the new multi-modal transit hub, the airport, and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.

“This project will be transformational for Toronto Pearson by redefining the ‘front door’ of the airport, optimizing terminal real estate, positioning the airport for the future, and improving the passenger experience for millions of travelers.”

HOK will lead a design team that includes WSP Engineers and Weston Williamson + Partners, with design work beginning immediately.

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