The goal for this 161,458-square-foot expansion was to accommodate increased passenger flows and larger aircraft. Work also included expanding dining and shopping options, and installing a number of original First Nations art pieces, including the Sea to Sky Drums (suspended from an elliptical skylight). PCL added five aircraft gates and reconfigured three existing ones while airport operations remained unaffected.
Sustainable construction features included LED inset taxiway lighting outside the terminal building, motion-activated moving walkways, and a solar-powered, heated hot water system. Many back-of-house corridors and bathroom fixtures are also motion-activated to minimize energy consumption and maximize water efficiency.
Delivering the completed project two full months ahead of schedule was only one of this project team’s proud accomplishments. PCL was proud to facilitate the expanded terminal's first arrival on July 3, 2009, at Gate 39 — right on time.