Getting people from point A to point B with as little stress as possible is a big challenge in 3.5 million square feet of space.
Wayne McCutcheon, Carolina Eyzaguirre, Elise Hodson, Qasim Virjee
CANADA Toronto Region, Ontario, Toronto Region, CANADA
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Getting people from point A to point B with as little stress as possible is a big challenge in 3.5 million square feet of space. "We’re a sub-consultant to the airport architects and the airport architects are Skidmore, Owens & Merrill out of New York, Moshe Safdie from Boston and Toronto. I would say, on one hand, we were the lucky consultants and, on the other hand, I can say we were the unlucky consultants that were involved in all these different projects because the roads were done by one group, the garage was done by someone else, the terminal by someone else and the infield by someone else. So we were the only consultant who knew how they all worked and so we needed to make sure that all the graphic design communication was consistent. Because you wouldn’t want to tell somebody one thing in one spot and then communicate it in a different way in the next. Because we do weeks and weeks of planning exercises just going through the plans and trying to figure out what the routing is. And we were planning for the entire project for when all the piers are open and there’s elevven piers – there is pier F that we’re working on now, and there is pier G and pier H – and those things aren’t going to happen for years but we still needed a plan for those in the initial stage. So we did all this planning for stuff that may not be built until 2025 but we needed to think about that so that we didn’t design a system for the first phase that didn’t work for phase four."