VANCOUVER — Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has broken ground on a series of capital construction projects, part of its multi-year expansion plan to complete 75 major projects totalling $9.1 billion over the next 20 years.
The projects breaking ground include significant terminal expansions, expanded parking and vehicle rental facilities and one of the largest geoexchange systems in Canada contained within the airport’s Central Utilities Building, explains a release.
The parkade will feature a rainwater harvesting system, an automated guidance system to guide drivers to the nearest open stall, electric vehicle charging stations and a new fully-enclosed walkway from international arrivals to the parkade.
Among those in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony were B.C. Premier John Horgan, Vancouver Airport Authority president and CEO Craig Richmond and Vancouver Regional Construction Association president Fiona Famulak.
By the end of 2018, a YVR release stated, construction activity at the airport will create almost 2,500 full-time construction jobs on Sea Island and hundreds of jobs offsite.
“The Vancouver Regional Construction Association applauds YVR’s vision and investment in its airport infrastructure as it will bring significant economic and employment benefits to both the construction industry and the province as a whole,” Famulak said in a statement.
“Our members have an excellent track record of delivering state-of-the-art construction projects at YVR, and we look forward to working in partnership with the airport authority to help it realize its vision to be a world-class sustainable airport hub.”
The airport received a record 24.2 million passengers in 2017 and forecasts 32 million passengers by 2022, with 327,000 tonnes of cargo expected by 2020.
“We are experiencing record growth at YVR as we deliver on our mission to connect British Columbia proudly to the world 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,” Richmond said.
“YVR connects people and businesses in B.C. with the world. From tech to tourism, wood products and natural resources, the expansion of this important hub will help B.C. strengthen ties with global partners, attract investment, and generate good jobs for people in B.C.,” Horgan added.