Originally Posted by feepa
what will happen to the old terminal in Winnipeg? will it be taken down or renovated and reused?
It will most likely be demolished. Personally, I think it's a great example of International Style design and I would love to see it preserved (so would Heritage Canada
, for that matter) but unfortunately the WAA hasn't had much luck in finding an alternate use for it. I suppose that an airport terminal is pretty specific in purpose, so that fact combined with its age means that it would be pretty difficult to find another practical use for it that wouldn't be financially ruinous.
The land the old terminal sits on will probably become part of an eventual Phase II for the new terminal, but that could be many years (if not decades) away.
Originally Posted by O-Town Hockey
Before our new terminal opened about 10 years ago, Ottawa had, by far, the most embarrassing airport for a city our size. Our new terminal is great and I see a lot of similar design characteristics in these current aiport expansions accross Canada (high ceilings, tube construction, wood panelling, etc.).
For what it's worth, I never thought that the old Ottawa airport was bad, although the new terminal sure is nice.
That is an interesting point that you touch on regarding the design vernacular of new Canadian airport terminals, though. Just as the 1960s spawned a series of beautiful International Style terminals across the country, the last ten years have given us the swooping, glass curtained, very technological terminals (with just a touch of "the local" in the form of wood panelling, rough-hewn logs, water features or indigenous art) that typify commercial aviation in Canada. I like the look, but it'll probably take a good 30 years before I feel any warm and fuzzy nostalgia for it.