Fort McMurray Airport

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Integral Group
Strathcona Mechanical
Spring 2014

Jaga Offers Discreet Heating Solution for Fort McMurray Airport Expansion

Mini Canals installed around perimeter of new terminal to keep travelers comfortable

The expansion of the Fort McMurray Airport includes a new passenger terminal located south of the existing terminal. The new terminal covers an area of 15,000 square metres and is designed to handle 1.5 million passengers a year. It was one of 11 recipients of the 2013 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence

With the comfort of bustling travelers in mind, developers needed a heating system that could offer consistent temperatures throughout the new mostly glass enclosed terminal. They also required a heating system that could be installed along the entire perimeter of terminal to get rid of potential drafts from the windows. Additionally, the developers wanted a solution that could provide high heating temperatures at low water temperatures.

Ready for Take Off

To heat the new terminal, developers installed 400 meters of Jaga’s Mini Canal units along the perimeter. Built into the radiant slab of every floor in the terminal, the solution uses the same water loop as the radiant heating slabs. Furthermore, the Mini Canals align the glass facades, reducing any uncomfortable drafts that might come from the windows, saving energy and money in return. 

The recessed Mini Canal units feature black anodized aluminium grilles and provide maximum heat output, offering additional space and perfectly complementing the design of the terminal. The units also operate at low water temperatures, allowing them to react quickly to temperature changes, keeping travelers and airport workers comfortable. With ultra-fast Low-H2O technology, the Mini Canal is the ideal addition to a primary underfloor heating system.  In spring or autumn, the Mini Canal can completely fulfill the need for warmth. In colder months, the units provide quick temperature corrections, allowing for better warmth emission and less energy use.

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