Transport Canada

Helicopter Simulator Facility

Client: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Location: Ottawa International Airport

Year of construction: 2017

This project added a full-flight CAE 3000 series helicopter simulator, a Level D qualified training device, classrooms, a debriefing room and support spaces to the existing Transport Canada Training Facility. The original 1991 building had one simulator, and in 2004 DFS designed an addition with a second fixed wing simulator. The helicopter simulator project was our second mandate at this complex.

Since the site offered little expansion space, it was not an option to build the new helicopter sim building as an expressed, articulated volume. Instead, the vocabulary of materials and openings extended the architectural character of the existing complex, to present a whole that appears as though it has always been there.

Client: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Location: Ottawa International Airport

Year of construction: 2017

This project added a full-flight CAE 3000 series helicopter simulator, a Level D qualified training device, classrooms, a debriefing room and support spaces to the existing Transport Canada Training Facility. The original 1991 building had one simulator, and in 2004 DFS designed an addition with a second fixed wing simulator. The helicopter simulator project was our second mandate at this complex.

Since the site offered little expansion space, it was not an option to build the new helicopter sim building as an expressed, articulated volume. Instead, the vocabulary of materials and openings extended the architectural character of the existing complex, to present a whole that appears as though it has always been there.

Owing to the prominence of the site on the ceremonial route between the city centre and the airport, various stakeholders, including the National Capital Commission needed to be consulted about the design. The modeling of the large volume that accommodates the simulator, the landscaping and application of graphics all served to soften the presence of this major addition.

Full motion simulators require specific horizontal and vertical spatial dimensions and weight support. As the building was designed before the simulator was selected, we needed to study and accommodate the most limiting requirements of all five candidate products, so that whichever one was ultimately chosen would fit.

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