TORONTO — PCL Construction, in a joint venture with Beumer Group, has signed a master agreement with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) for Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Baggage 2025 initiative to upgrade the airport’s baggage handling operations with a state-of-the art, fully automated system.
The master agreement includes several design-build work packages that aim to modernize the way the airport operates. Construction on the first four work packages is set to begin at the end of January, with completion scheduled for 2021. Other partners on the project include Brock Solutions, B+H Architects, Peter Sheffield & Associates, The Mitchell Partnership and Mulvey & Banani International.
As part of the master service agreement, the GTAA will implement CrisBag, Beumer’s automated tote-based baggage transport and sortation system. Although the approach is relatively new in North America, it has been implemented in Europe and Asia, states a release.
With this solution, each item of baggage remains in the same individually controlled tote and is 100 per cent tracked and traceable at every stage of the baggage-handling process, which is key to complying with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority requirements for U.S. transborder clearance, the release adds.
“As Toronto Pearson’s passenger traffic continues to see significant growth, the GTAA recognizes the importance of planning to meet the demands of a future airport that could grow to welcome over 80 million annual passengers in the next 20 years,” said Howard Eng, president and chief executive officer, GTAA, in a statement. “With the innovative solutions designed by our partners at Beumer Group and PCL Construction, the airport will be well equipped to provide efficient, resilient baggage service and ready the system for an estimated 80 million pieces of luggage per year by the mid-2030s.”