The bright yellow airport terminal at Iqualuit will be replaced by a modern facility as part of a $300 million airport expansion project by 2017 but the project suffered a setback on Saturday.
The contractor and government officials are investigating a fire that broke out on the roof of the terminal building, which is now under construction.
“It is not clear if this fire will have any effect on the schedule for completion of the Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project,” read a press release by the territory’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation.
“An engineering investigation by the design builder is necessary beforehand to determine the extent of fire and water damage. However, the fire is not expected to have any effect on the cost of the project for the Government of Nunavut.”
Besides the expansive terminal, the project includes a larger apron, new lighting, upgraded runway and a new firehall/general services building.