The Expedited Transfer Facility Package 2 project at Vancouver International Airport is a continuous corridor connecting the domestic terminal building to the international terminal building, expediting international passengers to their next international flight or to customs.
Constructing the new 183-meter corridor and bridge sounds pretty straightforward until you consider its location—the area directly in front of the pre-board screening and passenger exit areas, which see an average of 900,000 passengers monthly. Add in a few rules: no hoarding, nightshift work only, and no crane access.
For the PCL team it was a great opportunity to get innovative—especially with the delivery and installation of the auto walk systems. Over a 60-day period, a total of nine pieces, each weighing 5,000 kg, were delivered to and staged in the rotunda below the newly installed bridge. Each machine piece was then hoisted using a mechanical winch, trolley, and chain fall system—all operated by hand. The installation was carefully planned and constructed using control zones set up each night and removed each morning. Throughout construction, passengers had no sense of any activity when walking through the rotunda.