Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Ecuador (formerly known as New Quito International Airport) dominated at recent award galas, taking home three awards in one evening. Quito was honoured at the 2014 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala with the Ambassador Award, which recognises Canadian engineering excellence on international projects, and the Award of Excellence in the Transportation category.
The project was also received the Silver Award for Best Operational Project at the inaugural P3 Awards, held in New York City. Hosted by P3 Bulletin, the P3 Awards recognize the best teams, companies, and projects throughout the North American P3 industry.
MMM Group Limited (MMM) oversaw all engineering design for the 1,400-hectare, Phase 1 development. Project goals were accomplished while dealing with extremely challenging geologic and site issues; the airport is located on a 1,400-ha plateau near the equator in an active volcanic region, at an elevation of 2,450 m, and in a challenging political landscape.
As a result of careful planning, due diligence, best-practice strategies, and dedication to detail, the project was successfully completed on time and on budget.
“MMM and our partners are honoured to receive these awards for our work on the New Quito International Airport. It was a 12-year undertaking, designed and constructed to international standards, resulting in a world-class facility. We appreciate the positive recognition that this important award provides,” says Janine Turner, an MMM Vice President.
The project has been recognized by a variety of awards in the past, including the Corporate Social Responsibility Award as recognized by the United Nations, and has been named one of the ‘Coolest New Airports’ by Travel+Leisure magazine.