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Old June 16th, 2007, 09:46 PM   #81
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The new international wing:



60 Meter West Coast Themed Creek








30,000 Gallon Jellyfish Aquarium


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Old June 17th, 2007, 05:40 AM   #82
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Looking good. I will be passing through in less than two weeks.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 09:15 PM   #83
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Wow beautiful... Love the westcoast flair they've put into the design. A lot better than the somewhat sterile nature of YYZ.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 05:21 AM   #84
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Good to know that Vancouver was able to secure a Public Transit connection to their airport- Toronto won't be considered for such preferential treatment dollars, especially when it comes to the Torys. They would rather see Toronto implode and disappear..Keep it up and Vancouver might end up with electrified trains and a subway..


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Old June 19th, 2007, 05:39 AM   #85
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I went through Vancouver's international terminal back in 2000. Very impressed then, these new additions will make it even better. Bravo, Vancouver!
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Old June 19th, 2007, 07:11 AM   #86
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Old June 20th, 2007, 04:49 AM   #87
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looks really beautiful, nice job YVR!
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Old June 21st, 2007, 06:12 PM   #88
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it reminds me the Amsterdam Schiphol airport

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 05:15 PM   #89
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Really impressive and nice projects there.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 04:22 AM   #90
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Part of the newly completed phase I international terminal expansion:


60-metre west coast themed creek
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30,000 gallon jellyfish tank operated by the Vancouver Aquarium
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Lights resemble "floating logs"
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The core of the newly expanded international terminal....behind this pic is a Tim Hortons, a Milestones, and shops.
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New expanded international terminal wing completed, adding 5 gates. On the left, at the black area is the site of phase II which will add another 4 gates by 2009. In total, 9 gates will be added with 4 gates capable of handling the new A380's.



The new $120 million Link Building under construction will connect the Domestic and International terminals as well as connect both to the new Canada Line. Will be completed by this summer.








Construction of the new Canada Line YVR-Airport Station


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Old July 6th, 2007, 02:49 AM   #91
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Link building
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Canada Line YVR-Airport Station construction
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Canada Line road overpass near YVR's Templeton Station
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YVR Templeton Station and track switches at the station
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Old July 6th, 2007, 07:51 AM   #92
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SATELLITE AQUARIUM OPENS IN NEW INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL AT YVR IN VANCOUVER

Vancouver, BC: Vancouver International Airport opened its new international terminal yesterday, which includes two aquatic exhibits operated and maintained by the Vancouver Aquarium.

Located at the end of the stream that runs through the new terminal wing, the 114,000-litre main aquarium houses a rich collection of marine life native to B.C., including several rockfish species, anemones, sea stars, sea cucumbers, greenlings and perch. A smaller, dramatic exhibit features moon jellies that are reared at the Vancouver Aquarium by its resident jelly expert.

Some of the rockfish in the main aquarium were carefully chosen to further the Vancouver Aquarium’s rockfish conservation research. Researchers know very little about reproduction of some very important species of fish, and this exhibit will allow Aquarium scientists to investigate ongoing questions about rockfish reproduction and offspring.

The Vancouver Aquarium rotates its aquarists in maintaining the YVR aquarium on a daily basis. Divers will continue to fine-tune the exhibit over the next several months, carefully placing rocks, kelp and anemones, as well as performing regular cleaning and feeding dives.

YVR estimates that more than one million people a year will pass through the terminal, providing the Aquarium with a wonderful way to help people to connect with B.C. wildlife, even if they don’t have the chance to explore B.C.’s underwater wild coast or even stroll the seawall in Stanley Park.

As a non-profit organization devoted to the conservation of aquatic life, the Aquarium is excited about the opportunity to showcase the brilliance of marine life in B.C. and teach people how important it is to ensure that our natural environment stays pristine for future generations.
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Old July 13th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #93
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Nice airport and pics!
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Old August 10th, 2007, 01:53 AM   #94
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Vancouver International - YVR - named best airport in North America by SkyTrax

Vancouver International Airport - YVR - was named the best airport in North America by SkyTrax in their comprehensive survey of 7.8 million passengers of 95 nationalities.



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Old August 10th, 2007, 03:27 AM   #95
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YVR is also the 8th best airport in the world in 2007... Compared to #15 for 2006. Quite an improvment!
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Old August 11th, 2007, 10:00 AM   #96
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Wow this really means a lot. Congrats hometown!!!
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Old August 14th, 2007, 04:24 PM   #97
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kudos to vancouver..just love the hotel accomodations too..very convenient!
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Old August 15th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #98
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A short amateur video of the airport's latest expansion which includes a stream filled with fish and turtles and an aquarium with jellyfish, B.C. fish, and starfish:

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Old September 10th, 2007, 10:44 AM   #99
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I was out at YVR this morning and I brought along my camera.

YVR LINK Building and the YVR Canada Line station under construction. One can begin to see where the pedestrian concourse will be located to connect the station to the Link building.

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Zoom of the Link Building.

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Single track section of the guideway leading to the YVR station.

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YVR Canada Line station and the Link Building from the other side.

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Interior of the Link Building, concourse area.

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Old November 15th, 2007, 07:50 AM   #100
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YVR - Vancouver's airport wins some awards

Vancouver International Airport’s West Chevron project earns praise


The new West Chevron at YVR is located in the international terminal and earned PCL Constructors Westcoast a silver award.

Category: General Contractor Over $40 Million

Vancouver International Airport’s West Chevron project earns praise

BRIAN MARTIN

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Probably few sites have kept so many contractors busy for as long as the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). It’s not hard to see why. Back in 1992, YVR handled 9.9 million passengers. This year, it will greet some 17.5 million — an increase of more than 70 per cent.

No less spectacular has been the expansion of the physical facility to accommodate all those visitors.

This year construction projects at YVR scooped up an impressive five silver awards in the Vancouver Construction Association’s Awards of Excellence program.

The star of the show is the new 36,000 square metre West Chevron in the International Terminal built by PCL Constructors Westcoast.

For its work on the project, PCL has won a Silver Award for general contractor on a project worth more than $40 million. PCL’s share of the West Chevron job was $80 million and the total cost was $185 million.

The West Chevron features eight new gates and is designed to accommodate the latest in aircraft including the giant double-decker Airbus A380. Although the first A380 went into service this month with Singapore Airlines there are currently no plans for it to serve Vancouver. Industry observers, however, expect this will change as time goes by.

When it does, YVR will be ready.

The expanded West Chevron is a truly spectacular facility. Among its many special features is a salt water aquarium, fresh water stream with three bridges and solar panels to supplement the domestic hot water system. There are eight new passenger elevators, six escalators and five wheelchair lifts. There are eight new gates, including two special gates to serve the A380. The aircraft carries up to 800 passengers on two decks and needs to load and unload from two levels simultaneously.

The West Chevron expansion began in June, 2005 and was wrapped up on time and on budget in May of 2007. Its vital statistics are impressive: It swallowed 4,700 tonnes of steel in 1,200 pieces, 12,500 square metres of concrete and 7,700 square metres of glazing in 2,000 pieces. A large project comes with large challenges. According to PCL project manager, Paul Hobern, the airport’s increased post 9/11 security was near the top of his list of details that needed regular attention. Portions of the project were “airside”, which means they were adjacent to aircraft.


Part of the challenge of working on the West Chevron expansion project was working inside a busy, fully functioning airport.

In those cases, the site had to be completely blocked off from the runway.

Construction materials were transported to sites via escorted delivery and crews had to be accompanied by security and were bused in and out.

All the trades, Hobern said, were aware of the situation early on and flagged it as something to be dealt with and planned for right off the top.

That, he said, kept problems to a minimum.

Other challenges revolved around maintaining a schedule while working inside a very busy operating airport and dealing with value engineering to keep costs under control.

“With YVR however,” Hobern said, “we were working with a client who knows his business and with people who made our lives a whole lot easier.”

The West Chevron also brought a Silver Award to Protec Installations for electrical work and to Keith Plumbing and Heating (KPH) for the “thematic fit out”.

Also winning a silver award was Wesbridge Steelworks for the Link Building, a YVR project that is completely separate from the West Chevron.Keith Plumbing and Heating however, won a second silver award for their work on the West Chevron. It was in the category of a mechanical contractor on a project worth more than $3 million. KPH had a $13.5 million lump sum contract at the West Chevron.

They started work in January of 2006 when the project was already well underway and finished up on March 31, 2007.

An important part of their job was providing value engineering — in other words finding ways to cut costs.

They were successful in creating approximately $1 million in mechanical savings.

Like all contractors working at the airport, KPH found security to be among their biggest concerns.

Along with that came the job of having material and deliveries made to a secured job site location within the airport, placing large air handling units in the mechanical rooms, hoisting equipment to the roof and working with a schedule that allowed all operations to continue during construction.

The mechanical systems are state-of-the art and include a solar heating system for domestic hot water and a ground water cooling system.

The solar heating system was installed to supply the new wing as well as future expansions with domestic hot water.

KPH said the package is a great system which goes along with YVR’s task of being a green building, a cost effective building and a world class facility to serve its passengers.

Ray Zibrik is president of YVR Project Management, the subsidiary company responsible for overseeing the project.

He said that the completion of the building was made possible by the dedication of hundreds of people, who have provided more than 900,000 hours of work since the project’s inception in 2005. The expansion was finished on time and on budget.”

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Salt-water aquarium does more than just look pretty


The salt water aquarium at YVR is home to about 850 samples of B.C. marine life. The aquarium and a 60-metre long fresh water creek are part of the airport project.

Category: Mechanical Contractor Under $3 million

Salt-water aquarium does more than just look pretty

BRIAN MARTIN

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Fish do not automatically jump to mind when talking about an airport. In the case of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), however, they are big news and they managed to help Keith Plumbing and Heating (KPH) reel in a Silver VRCA Award for a salt water aquarium that is part of the West Chevron Expansion in the International Terminal.

The aquarium won in the category of mechanical contractor on a project under $3 million. Officially, it is part of what is called a thematic fit out.

The fit out involved many different areas.

The highlight, however, and the feature that captured the attention of the VRCA project review committee is a spectacular 30,000 gallon salt water aquarium. It is home to about 850 samples of British Columbia marine life. There is also a 750-gallon jellyfish tank featuring moon jellyfish and a 60-metre-long fresh water creek. The creek starts at a wooden statue of a First Nations woman and flows through native plants, various displays, seating areas and bridges down the centre of the new terminal to the aquarium.

Anyone who has ever tried to keep a goldfish alive can appreciate just how complicated operating all of this can be. In fact, the aquarium and jellyfish tank displays are operated by the Vancouver Aquarium. The aquarium is using remote operating systems to control water quality and other critical conditions.

KPH worked with Energrated Systems when it came to monitoring and controlling the life support systems. They also have given credit to PCL, general contractor on the West Chevron expansion project as well as to Panther Management who were construction managers of the thematic displays and to TA Maranda Consultants Inc, the mechanical consultants who designed the marine life support systems.

“The project was extremely challenging, but the result justified all the effort to overcome the challenges,” said KPH.

Also winning a Silver Award at YVR this year was Wesbridge Steelworks for its work on the Link Building. The Link Building is exactly what it sounds like — it is the building that is linking the domestic and the international terminals. Until now they have been connected by a temporary walkway.

The Link Building will also connect with the Airport Station of the new Canada Line rapid transit system currently under construction. It is a five-storey structure that will include waiting areas, luggage handling facilities, increased international check-in points and two storeys of offices. The price tag is $17 million and Ledcor is the general contractor.

The structural steel work was one of the most complicated jobs ever undertaken by Wesbridge, according to the company’s president, George Sze. To put it in simple terms, the outside envelope is an elliptical silo.

The silo gets narrower as it gets higher. This means that the vertical structural steel pipes must tilt inwards as they go up. The roof platform is equally complicated as it is not only elliptically shaped, but it also tilts downward from front to back. The structure would not have been possible at all, Sze said, in the pre-computer age. For example, the steel pipes involved 1,500 templates. Access was also a challenge because the Link was basically plugging a hole in the middle between the two terminals. Construction involved a lot of heavy lifting by cranes working from ground level at the airport and hoisting steel members up past the arrivals level, the departures level and the administration level — the equivalent of 12 storeys. All of this was done during the winter and involved dealing with strong winds and rain.

The challenges continued inside as well. Part of the structure involves two storeys of offices above a 66-foot clear span area. This span is much longer than would normally be designed to support two additional floors. The project involved ordering steel beams from Europe six months in advance.

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