Building History & Overview

Terminal Exterior Completed

The Brandon Municipal Airport is located west of Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 10, about two kilometers north of the City of Brandon. The airport was originally constructed by the Department of National Defense in 1941. It was developed for use as a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) flight training school under the Commonwealth Air Training plan. The original runway system was constructed in a triangular layout with asphalt Runways 08-26, 14-32 and 02-20 – 850 m x 30m (2788’ x 98’). With the prevailing wind from the west, Runway 08-26 is the runway that is predominantly utilized.

The original terminal building was constructed in 1970 when Transport Canada owned and operated BMA. The original terminal building has faithfully served the City of Brandon and the Westman market area for over 40 years. The terminal building has even had brushed with celebrity, hosting many – for example: Keith Urban and Trooper.

Many carriers have operated from the Brandon Municipal Airport – mostly regional and a few national carriers. Recently, regular commercial service was reestablished in Brandon, making it necessary to upgrade the terminal facilities to accommodate permanent staff, to include enhanced passenger security screening equipment and personnel, upgrade to a modern baggage handling facility and, most importantly, increased the space in Arrivals and Departures to handle modern passenger loads and improve passenger comfort.   

- The original main terminal was where the departure hall now exists. Expanding from 5400 sf to 9300sf of space in a 3 phase construction approach, the airport remained open and functional throughout the entire construction process.


Brandon Municipal Airport 2013   Departures Before


This will be the City of Brandon’s first municipal LEED certified building.



 The new airport renovation features new retail space.

Enterprise Area  Departures Lounge 2017  Retail Space

The BMA Expansion displays a blend of old and new maintaining 95% of the original building’s structural components.

 20 Old Meets New 2016  30 Exterior Lanscaping Begins



LEED is a green building rating system that awards points for various aspects of green building performance, including:

  • Selecting and developing the project site in a responsible manner
  • Reducing potable water consumption
  • Reduction energy consumption
  • Choosing materials carefully
  • Providing a quality indoor environment
  • Innovative building features

Buildings are awarded credits for the number of green features that are incorporated into the construction and operational phases of the building.

Projects can obtain a total of 110 LEED points within several credit options, in 8 credit categories. Depending on the number of points achieved, buildings can obtain a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified rating.

Leed Logos

It can take six to twelve months to go through the certification process. The Brandon Municipal Airport is striving for  LEED Silver certification.


Sustainable Sites & Energy

To further promote alternative forms of transportation, the airport has six secure, covered bike spaces under the canopy of the main entrance for staff and visitors.

Bike Racks

 Passengers travelling from Brandon Municipal Airport can bring an empty, reusable plastic bottle and fill it in the departure lounge.

Water Fountain

All grasses and plants on the site are native or adaptive plant species. They can withstand times of drought and require little to no irrigation. A decision was made to not include permanent irrigation to conserve potable water, with the acknowledgement that the grass may turn brown in times of drought.

Exterior Completed 2017  Exterior old and new Landscaping 2018

Rainwater is captured off of the terminal building and collected in the parking lot and reused to maintain two rain gardens.

Rain Garden 1  Rain Garden 2


Buildings cannot receive a LEED certification without meeting minimum efficiency standards. LEED buildings must be at least 25% more efficient than the 1997 Model National Energy Code guidelines.

Energy efficiency measures include geothermal heating & cooling, in floor heating, displacement ventilation, low flow fixtures and LED lighting. These combined efforts will result in a 42% energy cost reduction compared to building code standards, achieving 11 LEED points.

Achieving high levels of energy efficiency is one thing for new construction projects, but doing so for the combined renovation of a nearly 50 year old building that includes a new addition is quite an accomplishment.

Natural light and views to the outdoors are both critical components in designing a green building, making for a healthier environment. As you can see, the airport has ample views to both north and south of the terminal building, with plenty of natural daylight filling the space.

 Arrivals Hall 10 May 2017  3 Screening Que 10 May 2017    5 Departures Lounge 10 May 2017  Departures Lounge 2017

The flooring is FloorScore certified, which means the flooring assembly has gone through a thorough evaluation process for all components to have minimal indoor air quality impact to occupants. Hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlayment have gone through documentation, audits, and emissions testing.

 Carpet  FloorScore Logo

All paints, glues, sealants and coatings used in the project have low Volatile Organic Compound levels. Composite wood doesn’t contain any added urea formaldehyde.

Water efficiency measures that include low flow sinks and toilets contribute to over 43% water use reduction over a baseline.

Water efficient taps and toilets.

Water Efficient Taps  toilet


Materials and Resources

Retaining original building materials reduces the environmental impacts of extracting, manufacturing, transporting and incorporating new materials into the project.

Retaining original building materials also preserves some of the original character of the building, while reducing waste in the landfill. The construction of the BMA kept new material waste from the landfill by reusing items on site, while 2.5 tonnes of remaining demolition material was sold or donated for recycling or reuse. In total, 83% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.

Over 95% of the original walls, floors, and roof of the existing terminal have been maintained.

First Row of Pilings

Blend of old and new. Original walls with new more efficient windows and flashing.

Exterior Lanscaping Begins  Exterior old and New 

Another important element in selecting sustainable building materials is the distance between their points of extraction to the project site. Selecting materials that are extracted and manufactured are done for reasons similar to the ‘100-mile diet’ it takes a lot less energy to transport materials from a neighboring province than a country half way around the world. While sourcing regional materials supports local economies, it also reduces the projects overall greenhouse gas emissions during construction.

Several of the building materials on this project are extracted and/or manufactured within 800km by truck or 2400km by rail of the airport, including several reused items found on site. Here’s an example of some of the regional materials used in the project:

  • Structural walls, flooring, and roof were maintained in the existing terminal
  • New clay brick was shipped by rail
  • Concrete includes several regional materials including aggregates and cement mix
  • Reinforcing & Structural steel were both regionally extracted and manufactured

The beautiful solid wood decking is a Douglas Fir and is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, meaning Chain-of-Custody for the wood means it goes directly from an approved FSC mill to the project site. In combination with other wood products, 80% of all wood permanently installed on site is FSC certified.

Arrivals Hall 10 May 2017  FSC Logo


Public Education - Brandon Municipal Airport has collaborated with the City’s Environmental Coordinator to make green education a part of the airport experience. Green education signs have been placed throughout the terminal building and will be featured on LED screens in the Arrivals Hall and Departure Lounge.

Recycle Container

Green Cleaning – Brandon Municipal Airport has incorporated green cleaning products and practices into the daily maintenance and cleaning of the airport building – inside and out.   


Fair Trade – Brandon is a Fair Trade Town – our vendor offers Fair Trade products as one of the vending options.

Coffee Machine  Fair Trade 1


The Future – BMA will continue to include more environmentally friendly technology and practices into airport structures and procedures.  For example - we are currently exploring ways to incorporate solar technology at the airport for the airport buildings and parking lot.

Airport Solar 1  Thunder Bay Airport solar park  Terminal Exterior Completed


Sustainability at YBR

Recycled Content (20.22% combined value as a percentage of total construction cost)

  • Cement 
  • Hunter Panels
  • Alumicor Doors
  • Pipe insulation 
  • Duct wrap
  • Hebron Clay brick 
  • Armstrong flooring
  • Tehrmatite Door
  • Structural Steel
  • Steel Stairs
  • Particle Board (millwork)
  • Corian Quartz  solid surface (countertops)
  • Washroom accessories
  • Umrbra Carpet Tile
  • Rubber Cove base
  • Hardie panels and plank
  • Steel Cladding
  • USG Drywall & ceiling tiles
  • Roxul insulation
  • Bailey Steel (for drywall assembly)
  • Reinforcing Steel
  • Assa Abloy Sliding Doors & Headers
  • Alumicor Doors
  • Hollow Metal Doors, closers, stops, hingest, etc.


Regional content

  • Plastispan
  • Hebron Clay Brick
  • Bitumous Asphalt Paving
  • Granular base aggregate (paving)
  • Redi Mix Concrete
  • Structural Steel
  • Steel Doors
  • Decorative Laminate
  • Concrete
  • USG radar
  • Reinforcing Steel
  • Sod, Topsoil, plants, rock (all landscaping)
  • Any items reused by CoB on site
    • Steel studs
    • Steel door
    • Panic bar door opener
    • Light poles
    • Interior pot light
    • Drinking fountain
    • Change table

FSC Wood

  • Douglis Fir Solid Wood Decking


Construction Waste (83.40% waste diverted from landfill)

  • Brick & Concrete
  • Gypsum
  • Metals
  • Steel
  • Demolition material reused/sold/donated   
    • Misc metals
    • Steel studs
    • Steel door
    • Panic bar door opener
    • Light poles
    • Interior pot light
    • Drinking fountain
    • Change table
    • Grab bars
    • Sinks
    • Toilets
    • Heater
    • Overhead doors
    • Bathroom toilet partitions
    • Handicap doors
    • Hollow Metal Frame and Door
    • Rolling Shutter
    • Eames Chairs


Low VOC Products

ALL glues, adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings as applicable

  • Duct sealant
  • PVC cement and primers
  • Ceramic Tile adhesives
  • Pipe Cement
  • Flooring adhesives
  • Grout
  • Drywall adhesives
  • Construction adhesives
  • Duluz Paint
  • Concrete Curing
  • Wood Coating
  • Block filler (concrete/masonry sealers)


All flooring products, as applicable

  • Vinyl Flooring – Floor Score certified
  • Rubber Tile – Floor Score certified
  • Rubber Base – Floor Score certified
  • Carpet Tile – CRI Green Label Plus


All composite wood products, as applicable

  • Tafipan particleboard (millwork)
  • Decorative Laminate (Millwork)
  • Plywood