Ground has been broken on the first of 75 major construction projects at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) which will be completed over the next 20 years and cost Ca$9.1bn. They include building one of the largest GeoExchange systems in Canada, significant terminal expansions, new parking options and improved vehicle rental facilities.
In the terminal, work will include expansions to the domestic, trans-border and international piers. The airport claims that for the passenger, a centralized expansion will mean one interconnected terminal with short distances between gates, linked baggage systems and easy connections. Meanwhile, a new central utilities building (CUB) will improve efficiency by bringing all of the equipment needed to meet the airport’s heating, cooling and electrical demand together. The CUB will include a GeoExchange plant that will use groundwater as a heating and cooling medium. A rainwater harvesting system will help meet the water conservation goals established in the airport’s Environmental Management Plan, as well as provide emergency firefighting water. In the car parks, an automated guidance system will direct drivers to the nearest open space, helping to reduce emissions as drivers would no longer circle looking for a spot. Electric vehicle charging stations will be available at up to 10% of all parking stalls. A new, fully-enclosed walkway from International Arrivals to the new parking garage will also be built, improving vehicle traffic flow and reducing emissions by removing the need for drivers to stop at pedestrian crossings.
Craig Richmond, president & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority said: “We are experiencing record growth at YVR… and these ambitious expansion projects will further position YVR as a world-class connecting hub. As we build the airport of the future, our focus is to move people and goods efficiently, while continuing to delight people with a wide range of offerings, amenities and outstanding customer service.”
YVR is one of the fastest-growing airports in North America. It welcomed a record 24.2m passengers in 2017 and is forecasting 32m ppa passengers by 2022. Around 327,000 tonnes of cargo are also expected to move through the airport by 2020. These new construction projects are expected to improve the speed with which people and goods move through YVR, and provide passengers with a wide range of amenities. Vancouver International receives no government funding and all profits generated are reinvested back into the airport.
Image: Substantial terminal expansion is planned at Vancouver International Airport. (Vancouver Airport Authority)