Key Initiatives in 2013
Welcoming a New Leader
2013 was marked by a significant change in leadership, as the Airport Authority welcomed a new President & CEO. Following a global recruitment effort led by a dedicated Airport Authority Board search committee, Craig Richmond assumed leadership of the Airport Authority on July 1, 2013. Craig brings to the role a unique mix of experience, skills and education amassed over a lifetime in aviation, including CEO positions at six different airports in Vantage Airport Group’s global network. Following his arrival, Craig completed an ambitious 100-day YVR immersion, including connecting with employees, engaging with stakeholders and a proactive media relations campaign. Craig has set the tone for an organization that demands safety, values teamwork, fosters innovation and maintains accountability.
Building the Gateway
Construction continued in 2013 in the Domestic Terminal’s A and B Piers, one of the oldest remaining sections of YVR’s original 1968 terminal building. By the end of 2013, approximately 50 per cent of the project was completed, with major milestones including the installation of giant steel roof trusses. Phase one is scheduled for completion in November 2014, A-B Pier will feature upgraded gates, new shops and restaurants and an original art installation with a design theme reflecting British Columbia’s Interior region.
Passenger Corridors & High-Speed Baggage Systems
To remain a gateway airport of choice, the Airport Authority is investing in facilities that will make it faster and easier for connecting passengers and their bags to move through YVR. In 2013, construction continued on a new high-speed baggage system and more than 700 metres of moving walkways and secure corridors, to reduce connection times for passengers to less than 60 minutes. The project will be complete in Spring 2016.
Integrated Operations Centre
2013 saw the opening of an Integrated Operations Centre, which centralizes a number of important real-time operations functions, including maintenance, scheduling, customer care, curbside operations and parking. This integration will continue to help YVR’s complex, interconnected operations run smoothly.
Airside Operations Building
Construction began in earnest for YVR’s new Airside Operations Building in 2013. Once complete in Fall 2014, the Airside Operations Building will be an integrated home to all airside operations staff, from airport fire and rescue responders to airside planners. This world-class facility will also house the fire hall and a large storage and parking bay for the Airport Authority’s dozens of airside maintenance, snow removal and emergency vehicles.
Designer Outlet Centre
An important component of the Airport Authority’s 20-Year Master Plan is non-aeronautical development on Sea Island. Site preparation for B.C.’s first luxury designer outlet centre got underway in 2013. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport – a partnership between the Airport Authority and McArthurGlen Group, Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets – is set to open on the northeast corner of Sea Island near the Templeton Canada Line station in Spring 2015. Featuring 35,000 square metres of luxury retail, the project will increase the region’s tourism and destination appeal, offer an alternative revenue source to keep airport costs lower and create an estimated 1,000 new local jobs.
Larry Berg Flight Path Park
To recognize outgoing President & CEO Larry Berg’s outstanding leadership, the Airport Authority undertook a comprehensive upgrade of the former Flight Path Park, a favourite community-gathering place located at the end of the South runway. Larry Berg Flight Path Park was dedicated at a community ceremony in September. An ideal plane-spotting locale, the park’s new features include raised viewing areas, runway-style walking paths, interpretive panels and a central plaza featuring a giant climbable globe.
Multi-year upgrades to general airport infrastructure continued in 2013, including pavement repairs and dyke upgrades. On the airfield, crews paved taxiways and shoulder areas and installed upgraded centre line lights on several taxiways, to ensure continued, safe airside operations for planes and vehicles.
Russ Baker Way, a major roadway thoroughfare connecting YVR to Richmond, was repaved during the summer of 2013. This major construction project was supported with extensive community outreach to address traffic impact to neighbouring Burkeville and Richmond commuters. Concurrently, we continued to upgrade Sea Island’s cycling infrastructure, adding one additional kilometre of paved pathway to the network. This pathway offers a connection to and through Larry Berg Flight Path Park and to Richmond via the No. 2 Road Bridge.
Research and planning for expected Runway End Safety Areas (RESA) standards also continued in 2013, with a focus on examining options and improving airport safety.