Winnipeg Airport Hotel and Parkade

Winnipeg Airport Sheraton Hotel and Winnipeg Airports Authority Parkade
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Architecture, Transportation, Planning, Logistical Coordination
Cohlmeyer Architecture

Connecting a newly built hotel to an existing terminal meant linking to a vast and complex administrative, mechanical and electrical framework.

This 90,000-square-foot hotel and parkade was developed from a pencil sketch to an operating hotel and parkade in fourteen months.  

This project was completed within this rigid timeline and within a complex administrative framework involving federal agencies, the Winnipeg Airports Authority and City of Winnipeg Department of Public Works.

Design and planning issues included mitigating the severe acoustic environment, rerouting vehicular movement, sequencing construction within a heavily used environment, harmonizing with long-term planning for airport development and adhering to extensive security protocols.

Despite these complications, and often conflicting viewpoints of multiple stakeholders, the team’s ability to coordinate and problem solve ensured successful, timely delivery of this exceptional facility.


Building a new parkade included redeveloping traffic systems throughout the airport vicinity and resolving security concerns.


The building is clad in an aluminum rain-screen panel system that is energy efficient, lightweight and durable. Windows and walls are designed to combat the intense acoustic environment, with additional acoustic insulation, custom-designed glazing, framing, sealing and glass.

Wall panels of the precast concrete parking structure were developed with custom patterning in ceramic tile and coloured concrete to reflect the logo of the Winnipeg Airports Authority. The perimeter concrete lanterns, like classic Japanese stone lanterns, provide atmospheric lighting, complementing the character of the building.


An enclosed pedestrian bridge linked the hotel directly with the airport. Its construction was integrated into the hotel’s canopy in such a way that future removal of the bridge would not compromise the canopy structure.

The 90,000-square-foot hotel caters to business-class travellers. It includes a lounge, meeting rooms, fitness facilities, a bar and a restaurant.

Structural Engineer, Crosier Kilgour and Partners Limited
Mechanical Engineer, MCW Consultants
Electrical Engineer, PC Engineering Limited

Large and Complex