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May 16, 2008 | General

EDMONTON — Edmonton Airports today announced that the contract to build a parkade at Edmonton International Airport has been awarded to Forest Construction Ltd. of Edmonton.

Forest Construction will begin work in early spring on a parkade structure with approximately 1800 stalls, about 1400 of which will be covered. The parkade will accommodate rental cars, short term (hourly) parking, and long term (daily) parking.

The parkade is expected to be ready for occupancy by December 1, 1998. The rental car companies will move out of the terminal building at that time, leaving more space on the Arrivals Level for inbound passengers and baggage retrieval.

The parkade will be built on the current site of the short term parking lot, adjacent to the terminal building. The parkade will be connected by an enclosed walkway to the terminal building on the Departures Level, and by covered walkways on the Arrivals Level.

Forest Construction is an Edmonton based, mid-sized builder which concentrates on Design-Build and Construction Management projects in the $3 to $20 million range. The company has worked throughout Alberta, British Columbia, NWT and Mexico, as well as done some work in China and Japan. The Forest name has been respected in the construction industry since the late 1940s and was incorporated in 1953.

The parkade and related work is expected to cost approximately $21 million in total.