Vancouver Airports most complex programme since the 1990s

Vancouver Airport Authority (YVRAA)'s CORE programme has been developed to improve and upgrade the building infrastructure at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). 

Key information

Date started: 2017

Completion date: 2022

Client’s requirements

In addition, the CORE programme will provide additional capacity for public parking and car rental operations with a new ground transportation facility.The programme, made up of five projects, will address terminal expansion and increased capacity requirements in alignment with the Airport Authority’s 2037 Master Plan, while also improving overall safety and performance.

The CORE programme seeks to:

  • Address seismic risks associated with existing mechanical, electrical and water systems
  • Support the Airport Authority’s commitment to sustainability
  • Provide an enhanced experience for car rental and parking customers.

The programme is one of the largest and most technically complex group of projects to be undertaken at the airport since the expansion of the international terminal in the 1990s. Due to its primary location in the heart of the car park, together with its reach into the international and domestic terminal buildings, it will require extensive coordination between construction, operations and the public.

Our contribution

Turner & Townsend has been appointed to deliver project management services to ensure the project meets the core business benefits outlined in the Project Development Reports.

The works consist of the delivery of two major components that make up the entire CORE programme, namely the Sustainable Energy Systems (SES), Electrical Infrastructure (EI), the Central Utilities Building (CUB), the Ground Transportation Facilities (GTF) and Rainwater Capture System (RCS).

The SES, EI and CUB packages consist of:

  • Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) including geoexchange well fields and mechanical infrastructure to support the entire terminal complex.
  • Electrical Infrastructure (EI) including upgrades to the existing 25kV power network and provision of standby power to the entire terminal complex.
  • Central Utilities Building (CUB) will be constructed to house new mechanical and electrical infrastructure to replace the existing utilities building and both terminal mechanical plants.

While the GTF and RCS are made up of:

  • New multi-storey car park, ramps and passenger bridges to expand car rental and public parking, support revenue generation and to alleviate curb congestion.
  • Rainwater Capture to supply emergency firefighting water and to reduce potable water use.

Making the difference

  • We have deployed a team of experts with international airport experience to augment the existing YVR team providing industry best practice, to help keep the project on track and to deliver the desired outcomes.
  • At the outset of the commission the team worked with YVR to make timely and well-founded appointments of the design team and construction managers for the design and construction of the project.
  • Together, we set up best practice policies and procedures that set the parameters which the stakeholders were allowed to execute the commission.

For further information contact:

Sarah Gilmour
Marketing & Communications Manager

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