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May 14, 2008 | General

EDMONTON — Edmonton Airports today announced the awarding of the $51 million contract to build the southeast terminal expansion at Edmonton International Airport to PCL-Maxam, A Joint Venture, a partnership of Edmonton-based PCL Construction Management Inc. and Maxam Contracting Ltd.

Work on the Southeast Terminal Expansion Project will begin the second week of July 1999 and is expected to be complete by September 2000. The terminal expansion will add approximately 29,000 square metres of terminal to the current 38,000 square metre airport, increasing the total terminal area by more than 76%.

The terminal expansion will accommodate transborder pre-clearance facilities, Canada Customs & Immigration, one of the two major domestic carriers, transborder and charter carriers, as well as duty-free and other passenger amenities.

PCL-Maxam estimates that they will spend approximately $45 million on materials that will be fabricated and supplied by businesses within the Edmonton region. Employment on the project is estimated at 500,000 person-hours (250 person-years) of employment. Edmonton and area subcontractors will supply approximately $37 million of materials, equipment and services.

“This contract represents a significant investment in the transportation infrastructure of the region,” said Sid Hanson, Chairman of the Board, Edmonton Airports. “This expansion program represents a major step forward in customer service at Edmonton International Airport.”

“We are very pleased to continue our involvement in the expansion of Edmonton International Airport,” said Ross Grieve, CEO & President, PCL Construction Group Inc. “As an Edmonton-based company, we are thrilled to be involved in such a prestigious project in the local community.”

The southeast terminal expansion is part of the $131 million Phase 2 of the Air Terminal Redevelopment project at Edmonton International Airport scheduled for completion by fall 2000. Phase 2 also includes a substantial expansion of the apron area surrounding the terminal expansion, a small extension of the north holdroom on the east side, entrance road improvements, and miscellaneous projects.

Subsequent phases will be considered and approved by Edmonton Airports Board of Directors in due course and in consultation with its stakeholders. Future development will include construction of a central hall to connect the old and new wings of the terminal building, construction of a regional concourse for commuter passengers, an upgrade of the south end of the existing building, and a general upgrade to the old terminal building.