Bombardier Jet Manufacturing Facility

A specially designed 6-metre-high blast wall [model #G20NB-6] was constructed to protect the airport’s operational areas from the powerful jet engine blasts during the testing of the aircraft.
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Bombardier Inc. has celebrated the grand opening of its Global jet aircraft manufacturing campus at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The 750,000 sq ft facility, designed by NEUF architect(e)s, is a step forward from Bombardier’s decades-old Downsview Airport facility, which is currently slated for redevelopment.

Not only does NEUF’s purpose-built design incorporate innovative design and modern materials, it also responds to strict manufacturing processes and regulatory procedures while exceeding international sustainability and safety standards to optimize the assembly and testing of jet aircraft.

“Building an aircraft is an undertaking that rivals the complexity of a major building project,” said Graham Kelly, vice president of operations for Global Aircraft at Bombardier’s Toronto facility. “We needed a space that could not only handle the scale of our manufacturing operations but also reflect our commitment to innovation and exceeding client expectations while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our employees.”

The new facility’s production layout enables faster aircraft assembly with complete lines of sight throughout the manufacturing and testing processes. NEUF created an architecture that coordinates specialized teams, automated equipment, robotics, tooling and the mobilization of precision components and instrumentation, resulting in an efficient, accurate and safe production ecosystem.

Precise electrical, ventilation, thermal and humidity requirements necessitated a manufacturing strategy that optimizes energy use while reducing waste to align with Bombardier’s commitment to environmentally responsible operations.

Extensive site engineering was required to incorporate a list of fire and life safety requirements within a small, tightly regulated site. The NEUF design team led a collaboration with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants, the City of Mississauga, Transport Canada, and NAV Canada to ensure the facility met all the standards.

NEUF designed all aspects of this 24-hour aerospace manufacturing ecosystem to enhance employee morale and wellbeing, as well as their safety. The space features natural light, dedicated training and collaboration spaces, and visual connections across various functions aimed to boost employee motivation and productivity.

It also features minimal travel distances between workstations, offices, and the production floor which increases efficiency.

 “Designing for aerospace isn’t just about the physical structure,” said Lilia Koleva, partner architect at NEUF. “It’s about creating a space that perfectly supports Bombardier’s workflow, its people, and the meticulous detail that goes into every jet it builds.”

Technical sheet:

Project’s Name: Bombardier Aircraft Assembly Centre

Client: Bombardier

Location: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Mississauga (ON)

Surface Area: 750,000 ft² / 69,677 m²

Completed: 2024

Construction Management: Ledcor

Building Engineers: Stantec

Contract Administrator: EXP

 

The new Bombardier campus is situated alongside Canada’s busiest runway at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
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Minimal travel distances between workstations, offices, and the production floor increase efficiency and contribute to employee interaction and sociability.
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The aero-structural facility’s 246-foot (75-metre) clear spans enable complete lines of sight throughout the manufacturing and testing processes. This achievement allows a continuous production flow of aircraft, dramatically increasing the speed of assembly.
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NEUF produced an architecture that successfully coordinates specialized teams, automated equipment, robotics, tooling, and the mobilization of precision components and instrumentation, resulting in an efficient, accurate, and safe production ecosystem.
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The testing and finishing of Bombardier’s flagship Global 7500 jet aircraft.
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Inspired by flight: the Bombardier office reception area incorporates wing-shaped baffles overhead and a floating desk set within an abstracted cloud.
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Controlled entry access for employees features a floating artificially illuminated ceiling and contrasting materials to facilitate movement and orientation.
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