L.F. Wade International Airport (Bermuda International Airport) is the sole airport facility serving the islands of Bermuda. Just 24 miles long and one mile wide, Bermuda is home to 65,000 residents and welcomes an abundance of tourists. With an annual volume of approximately 800,000 travelers in 2017, the existing airport facilities were unable to provide efficient operations.
The new terminal will be hurricane-resistant with improved passenger flow, retail spaces, and six new covered boarding bridges.
Under contract with Benson Steel, CAST CONNEX engineered and supplied 46 custom cast steel nodes for the construction of the new terminal. The two casting types – 1-ton and 1.5-ton Y-shaped nodes which enable a graceful transition from a 508 mm (20-inch) diameter lower trunk to two 356 mm (14-inch) diameter upper branches – are used in the feature architecturally exposed structural steel columns repeated throughout the terminal building. In addition to addressing the desired visual aesthetic, the nodes are also engineered to transmit considerable loading from the roof structure to the foundations, given the propensity for hurricanes in Bermuda.
The project, which represents one of biggest investments made in the country, is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Public-Private-Partnership (P3): Government of Bermuda, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), and Aecon Group Inc.
Architect: SCOTT Associates Architects
Structural Engineer: Quinn Dressel Associates
Steel Fabricator and Erector: Benson Steel