PCL : Vancouver International Airport - West Chevron Expansion
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Vancouver International Airport - West Chevron Expansion

Project Overview

Designed to accommodate growing passenger traffic and larger aircraft at the Vancouver International Airport, the new 387,500-square-foot West Chevron expansion included eight new gates, a baggage handling hall, and passenger lounge area. Also included were a central pavilion featuring a 30,000-gallon seawater aquarium, 25 new shops and services, and full-service restaurants and cafes. The project was proudly delivered two weeks ahead of schedule.

Part of PCL’s scope on this project included a baggage tunnel connecting the new expansion to the existing terminal. Since the airport is situated in Richmond near the mouth of the Fraser River (a mere six feet above sea level), the baggage tunnel was to be located below ground and within the water table. The original design called for the entire tunnel to be wrapped in a waterproof roofing membrane, but PCL was informed by bidders not only that this technique would be time consuming, but also that obtaining a warranty would be impossible.

The innovative PCL team instead proposed the use of a waterproofing admixture for concrete to achieve a leak-proof tunnel. With this adjustment, the team maintained the project’s aggressive construction schedule, passing on a substantial cost savings to the owner and providing a structure that was guaranteed waterproof to the owner’s requirements.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
YVR Project Management Ltd.
PROJECT LOCATION:
Richmond, BC
PCL OFFICE:
Vancouver – Buildings & Civil Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.
SECTOR:
Buildings
MARKET:
Aviation
DELIVERY METHOD:
Construction Management

Awards

2006 BC Steel Design Award, Architectural Division - Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)

VRCA Awards of Excellence - Gold Award - Vancouver Regional Construction Association