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Between 2014 and 2020, GEC Architecture was the Prime Consultant for the complete replacement of the Baggage Handling System (BHS) in the Calgary International Airport’s Domestic Terminal Building (DTB). The BHS was replaced in its entirety, from every make-up unit, every corner, every belt, to every piece of screening equipment. In addition for a high-priority modernization of the system, the main impetus for the project was the relocation of International/Transborder facilities from the central concourse of the DTB into the new International Terminal Building, which generated the requirement for entirely new movements of both passengers and screened baggage.
As a dual hub airport, it was necessary to develop a comprehensive phasing and decanting plan for the BHS project, working closely with the airlines that operate out of the DTB. This plan included the conversion of the central terminal and transborder bag hall into a temporary check-in and Hold Bag Screening system, allowing progressive decanting of the check-in facilities for both airlines as construction was underway. Beginning with Concourse C, the construction sequence progressed northward towards Concourse A and featured a new centrally semi-automated CATSA baggage screening facility.