TORONTO – Global design firm HOK has been contracted by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to provide preliminary design and planning for a new regional transit centre and passenger processing facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
HOK is has led major aviation and transportation projects at some of the world’s most travelled international airports, states a Feb. 6 release issued by the GTAA.
HOK will lead a design team that includes WSP Engineers and Weston Williamson + Partners. Design work will begin immediately.
The process will include engagement with many different stakeholder groups, including airport partners, government and local community members.
The GTAA estimates the first phase of the new facility could be in place as early as the mid 2020s.
In its most recent draft master plan, the GTAA forecasts that Toronto Pearson will grow to handle as many as 85 million passengers annually by 2037 and the GTAA is beginning the planning of the new facility to support this growth, the release indicates.
The planning will incorporate a regional transit centre to support the region’s need for better transit connectivity.
HOK’s work on the passenger processing facility and regional transit centre design will include all facets of phased development of future airport facilities, the release states, adding the development will provide passenger facilities, reduce road congestion in the region and provide greater access to jobs and customers for businesses in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
“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,” said Robert Chicas, AIA, director of Aviation + Transportation at HOK, in a statement.
“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 travellers.”