Stantec Architecture and Winnipeg Airports Authority have announced that Winnipeg Richardson International Airport terminal is the first in Canada to become LEED certified.
The airport exceeded expectations by achieving LEED Silver certification, and is one of only 17 terminals in North America, and one of only 24 terminals worldwide, to receive LEED certification for new construction.
Barry Rempel, president and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority, the airport operator, said, “Attaining external validation of our commitment to the principles of sustainable development is truly exciting. 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.”
Stanis Smith, executive vice president, buildings at Stantec Architecture, said, “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. The building meets the needs and expectations of 21st century air travelers and based on the LEED energy model, it is estimated that the building will achieve a total GHG reduction of over 5,000 tons per year, equivalent to taking over 1,000 cars off the road for one year.”
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system 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.