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Dufferin Construction awarded Pearson runway rehab project

March 31, 2022  By Canada News Wire

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, has announced the selection of Dufferin Construction as lead contractor for the Runway 06L/24R rehabilitation project, scheduled to start in early April and extend through fall 2022.

After an extensive request for proposals process, Dufferin Construction was chosen in part for its prioritization of safety, willingness to collaborate with the GTAA and other industry partners to minimize noise impacts on communities wherever possible and commitment to green building practices.

“Dufferin Construction is pleased to be working at Toronto Pearson for another construction season on this historic project,” says Gary Dempster, district manager, Dufferin Construction. “Dufferin has been working airside at Toronto Pearson for 30+ years and looks forward to working collaboratively with the Project Team to deliver this project successfully while mitigating impacts to airside operations and neighbouring communities.”

Significant impacts to communities around the airport are expected as a result of this work. Minimizing these impacts will remain a priority throughout, with a number of steps already complete, including reducing airline slots and adjusting schedules for the duration of the work.  Modern innovation and advanced planning will allow the GTAA to complete the project in months instead of over the span of years. The project will contribute millions of dollars to the local economy; create meaningful jobs by generating approximately 200,000 person hours of work; and employ sustainable construction practices, including the use of recycled materials and upgrades to 1,800 LED lights to enhance safety and reduce the carbon footprint of the runway.


“A strong Toronto Pearson will support a strong region, a strong province and a strong Canada as we collectively emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Pat Neville, vice president, Airport Development and Technical Services, GTAA. “We’re pleased to have Dufferin Construction on board for this important project, which will ensure the continued safe operation of one of Canada’s most vital pieces of infrastructure using modern, green and efficient practices that take into account impacts on the communities surrounding the airport.”


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