Hangar 5 is a state-of-the-art maintenance, storage and training facility that supports Air Canada’s growing operations at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
The project boasts the largest freestanding uninterrupted commercial hangar span in Canada—535 feet without support columns. With 11,799 sq. m. (127,000 sq. ft.) of space and a 77 ft high ceiling, the new hangar can accommodate up to 5 wide-body aircraft at one time. The hangar includes environmentally friendly features such as LED lighting on the interior and exterior of the building, “light harvesting” using sidewall panels that let in exterior light, radiant heating, and a new high-efficiency hangar door design.
Work on such a large-scale building brought unique construction challenges. Ledcor’s project team collaborated with both the structural steel contractor and Ledcor’s Heavy Lift Team to meticulously plan the erection process for the main King Truss, which required four separate multi-crane lifts to completely install the truss that weighs over 1,000 tons.
In addition to the hangar, the project includes a new airside apron, an annex that consists of an office area with 150 work stations, multiple training classrooms that can support 200 people, a large cafeteria that accommodates 100 staff, ample storage for materials and tools and a 6,000 lb. freight elevator.