Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

A first class lounge and new Air Canada baggage-handling facility made up this 10,000ft² addition to the Ottawa International Airport. The skilful combination of elegance and functionality of the finished structure was a fundamental element of the design by Peter Williams Architect and Heekyung Duquette Interior Design.

The Lundy team coordinated cranes, hydraulic shovels, and concrete trucks around an hourly turnover of airbuses at both of the surrounding gates. Despite these challenging circumstances, the lounge was opened only five months after breaking ground.

Contract    General Contractor 

Contract    $2,750,000


Contract Start   July 1999

Completion    November 1999

Constructability Solutions

  • The construction site was located between gates 16 and 18 of the Ottawa International Airport. Even a five minute delay to Air Canada’s schedule caused by Lundy could have had far reaching effects on the Corporation’s passengers. Lundy worked very closely with Air Canada management and staff to build our daily schedules around Air Canada’s flight and maintenance schedules. 
  • Being in the heart of the Ottawa International Airport, security was a priority on site. Daily security clearances had to be obtained for all onsite personnel and Lundy established a system to monitor all personnel movement, preventing any accidental security breaches.
  • Construction took place in the vicinity of some very delicate equipment, not least the planes themselves. This was complicated further by the fact that when planes sat at both surrounding terminals there was only 20 feet between their wingtips. Lundy took extensive measures, such as restricting the crane boom height and not welding during plane refuelling, to protect the safety of the people and the equipment on and nearby the project.

Project Team

Sean Lundy
Project Manager

Bob Seiler
Site Superintendent


Air Canada CorporationRalph Orr (613) 612-2348


Peter Williams Architect
Peter Williams (250) 339-7600



interior design

Heekyung Duquette Designer
Heekyung Duquette  (450) 689-0802


Marc Rivard (613) 829-2800 x.281