Bowinn: I started at YVR in 2012 and all of my projects since have been A-B-related. Some days are just 12 hours of back-to-back meetings; some are spent in the office doing paperwork; and some days are spent out on site all day looking for deficiencies, making sure issues are being resolved, and sometimes even doing some manual lifting and hands on work. Most days are a mix of all three.
Bowinn: Since day one at YVR. I started on projects to prepare the terminal for the A-B Project and then I transitioned into the A-B Connector Project just in time for demolition.
Bowinn: Seeing people walk through the site without their personal protective equipment for the first time – it meant the space was almost complete and you didn’t need hard hats or steel-toed boots. Another memorable moment was when we heard lounge music in the space for the first time after opening. It’s a very different sound from the usual whining of drills or sound of people banging away.
Ali: Getting the old building fully separated from the portion of the terminal that was to remain operational was a big milestone. Getting tenants, passengers, bags, electrical and mechanical services out of the way and then separating the structures was incredibly complicated and took nearly as much time as the construction of the new building did. Seeing the first aircraft pull up to the new gates was also a big moment - that's when the building really came to life.
Tracy: The biggest moment is of course the opening of the main A-B Connector Rotunda – this is the point where all the years of hard work pay off and you get a moment to celebrate with your peers and see the public enjoy the space (see photo at top of story). There are smaller moments along the way as well, usually when something that required a lot of coordination and teamwork come to fruition, for example:
- Start of heavy demolition – On this project that milestone required 10 separate subprojects, which all required extensive coordination between them … plus you get to see big machines knock down the old building.
- Steel truss delivery – Month of detailed coordination between a number of stakeholders (internal departments, contractors, regulatory and government agencies, etc.) required to clear the path and ensure minimal impact to the operation.
Bowinn: We actually had to un-retire someone to work on the relocation of a communications ductbank because it was so old. This is just one example of the complexity of updating a building from 1968.
Tracy: A few things come to mind. What it looked like before the reno!
The main project site had 400 plus workers at any given time during the majority of 2014 and surpassed 1,100,000 manhours of labour. The site worked 6 days a week, day and night, from Nov 2012.
What’s next (besides hopefully some sleep)?
Bowinn: The rest of A-B Connector. We’re only done Stage 1!
Ali: Six months of renovations and clean-up in order to fully complete the project scope. This is the less glamorous work of renovating the existing facility where the new building ties in to bring it fully up to building code and in line with the airport's functional and aesthetic standards.
Tracy: Finish the project - and hopefully a mental break before the next project including more expansion and upgrades to the domestic terminal.