YVR is two and a half months away from opening Canada’s first Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE)– a facility designed to minimize noise in surrounding communities from aircraft engine run-ups.
Crews have been busy all summer doing groundwork for the GRE, demolishing old buildings, removing old concrete, relocating utilities and laying down the foundation for a new apron.
The site’s location near YVR’s first terminal building and the heart of the airport’s south-side operations provided a handful of challenges. Crews had to work around and reroute old buried utilities in the ground, including power, communications, sanitary, storm, gas and water mains, which were built up on the site over the past 80 years. And to minimize impacts to operations, customers and nearby business partners, a lot of the work had to take place at night or during off-peak hours.
As of October, the materials and steel required for the actual structure were delivered and construction on the enclosure walls began. Crews will be busy over the next few months installing acoustical panels, the blast fence, mechanical and electrical systems.
To ensure you don’t miss out on the daily progress, visit YVR’s new outdoor viewing platform located next to the South Terminal Building, which provides unobstructed views into the GRE. Bring the kids out for an afternoon and watch the great machinery and construction crews hard at work as they build this state-of-the-art facility. Completion of the project is slated for December 2011.
For an animated flythrough and description of the GRE visit YVR’s Youtube page or www.yvr.ca.