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Pearson gets new Safdie terminal

Moshe Safdie achieved worldwide fame when his sensational Habitat pavilion was the showcase of Expo 67. The visionary architect went on to design some of the country's best-known buildings, including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver's Library Square and the massive rebuild of Toronto's Pearson Airport. Millions of Canadians experience the power of his architecture daily. CBC looks at Safdie's career.

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Canada's busiest airport is being totally rebuilt, and Moshe Safdie is one of the lead architects. The goal? To create a building that is distinctive yet actually works. With 30 million passengers expected to pass through each year, efficiency is crucial. The grand opening is still months away, yet officials want to be sure the building works for the people who will be using it... before they start using it. CBC got a sneak preview of the new terminal along with hundreds of volunteer "passengers."
• The new terminal is a 10-year, $4.4 billion project.
• The first phase of this three-phase project opened in April 2004. Phase II is scheduled for completion in 2006 and Phase III in 2009.
• The new Pearson terminal is one of the largest private construction projects in Canadian history.
• The project will use enough steel to build three Eiffel Towers, and enough concrete to build a two CN Towers.

• The design team is made up of Moshe Safdie and Associates with Skidmore Owings & Merrill International Ltd. (SOM) and Adamson Associates Architects. Collectively this consortium is called Airport Architects Canada.
• Moshe Safdie and David Childs of SOM are the lead design architects for the project.
• Safdie and Childs both worked on Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, though they worked on separate terminals.

• As of 2004, Moshe Safdie and Associates is working on, or in the process of competing for, many significant projects. These include the Khalsa Heritage Memorial in Punjab, India; the United States Institute of Peace headquarters in Washington, D.C.; the Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration; the Boston Museum; and the National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, to name a few.
• Safdie's firm is one of two shortlisted for a museum and performing arts complex on New York's World Trade Center site.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Dec. 1, 2003
Guest(s): Kerry Demeda, Lloyd McComb, Anne Poroniuk, Paul Ritchi, Carol Smiciklas
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Dan Bjarnason
Duration: 13:39

Last updated: February 24, 2012

Page consulted on November 10, 2014

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