The Airside Operations Facility is a 3,065-square meter facility built to replace four separate operational facilities: a vehicle storage and maintenance building, an airport fire hall and an electrical workshop. These four facilities were well past their anticipated life cycle and could not accommodate the equipment used for the maintenance of the airport.
Integrating these four occupancies into one building presented significant challenges for heating, cooling and ventilation, but also interesting opportunities for energy efficiency and heat recovery. The building is heated and cooled using a combination of air to air heat pumps, natural gas furnaces and boilers. The fresh air and exhaust air systems are controlled based on demand to ensure good air quality with as little make-up air as possible. Furthermore, wherever possible, heat is recovered from the exhaust air and transferred to the fresh air using plate heat exchangers and heat wheels.
LED lighting with occupancy sensors and relay panels for automated controls were installed throughout the building. The sand storage building is equipped with lighting controls designed to dim the lighting during night time hours and have the lighting at maximum during daylight hours. When the building is vacant, lighting is turned off. The intent is to minimize the difference between indoor and outdoor lighting levels and the risks associated with visual adaptation.
The fire alarm system was integrated to the airport terminal building and other buildings on the property. An alarm condition in any building would be displayed on the panel at the airport security office.
Digital metering was installed in electrical panels for load monitoring. All loads can be monitored for energy use awareness and control.
A generator was installed for emergency power requirements. The nature of the building requires continuous operation.
Two areas are classified as hazardous locations: the maintenance garage and the fuel storage and distribution area. All electrical conduits and equipment installed in those areas are suitable for hazardous locations.