Last April we broke ground on YVR’s south side and began construction on Canada’s first Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE). Today we are proud to officially open the facility.
The GRE is a massive three-sided steel facility that will reduce noise from engine run-ups conducted as part of regular aircraft maintenance. This five-story building will cut engine run-up noise heard in nearby residential neighbourhoods by up to half! And its benefits extend beyond noise reduction for the community. Airport South operators will see significant environmental and business benefits. Operators no longer have to taxi over to the designated run-up area at the far end of the south runway, which will save time, fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And during winter conditions, Airport South operators will have a dedicated de-icing facility for controlled glycol recovery and containment.
So essentially, by opening our GRE, the community, our partners and the environment all benefit!
A few GRE facts:
- The enclosure’s north and west walls stand 11 metres high and the south wall is 15 metres high to provide additional noise reduction for the closest neighbouring communities
- The GRE has approximately 1950 sound absorptive panels, each about 6” thick
- The primary users of the GRE will be Airport South maintenance operators testing propeller aircraft such as Dash-8, Beech 1900, Saab 340, Otter and Metroliners
- The majority of YVR’s engine run-up noise complaints are related to propeller aircraft, which constitute 65 per cent of runs-ups at YVR
We’ve shown lots of pictures of the GRE during construction and now here are a few of the completed structure!
Want to see more? View a fly over of the GRE and check it out in-person at the viewing platform, accessible via the South Terminal parking lot, complete with telescopes, information panels and a great view!